Childminding Best Practice Newsletter

Issue 2: Spring 2014

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Welcome to the Spring 2014 Childminding Best Practice Newsletter. I produce this newsletter four times a year to promote childminding best practice topics with a focus on diversity awareness and childminding in the great outdoors (Forest Childcare). I also use it to highlight any changes to legislation or policy that may affect your childminding business.

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In this issue:

Men who childmind – Barry’s story

Mums like owls – a very cheap and easy card for all ages

How to start an Out n About Club


The next issue (Summer) will be coming out in June 2014 and will feature:

Thank you to everyone who sent in contributions to this newsletter. If I have included your contribution don’t forget to tell Ofsted on your next Self Evaluation Form (SEF) that you are “sharing best practice ideas with other childminders” via this newsletter! If I have not used your contribution yet then I will be saving it for a future newsletter.

I welcome contributions from readers on all aspects of childminding best practice and will try to include as many as I can.

Thanks for reading,

Kay


Members of the Forest Childcare Association commit to taking children on outdoor outings once a week

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forest Childcare Association news

Every day there seems to be more publicity, news stories and organisations promoting taking the children outside for ‘Wild Time’. Even the Sunday Times Style section recently featured some mud covered youngsters – so now it is not only good for children to go outside and get dirty – it’s trendy too!

There has never been a better time to promote yourself as a Forest Childcare Provider, telling parents that you offer their child a once-a-week trip to the great outdoors for time in nature. Parents are increasingly looking for childcare that includes outdoor nature time, so if you want their business, offering Forest Childcare experiences to the children you care for is a really great way to get it.


The Out and About Club – contributed by Vicky Saddler

The Out N About Club came about when myself and my colleague Emma had been working together as independent childminders for several months. We planned lots of lovely activities for the children in our care for the school holidays and decided we needed Hi Vis Vests for the children to wear from a safety aspect and also we wanted a way of offering flexible holiday care for our parents. And so grew the idea of The Out N About Club! We put together a joined contract which meant new children could be in the care of Emma or me, depending on which of us had vacancies.

The children love being part of a ‘Club’ and we all had a meeting and came up with ‘The Out N About Club’ Agreement - a list of rules to keep us safe when out and about.

Our holiday activities include trips to local museums, fruit picking, puddle jumping, treasure hunts, lots of picnics, running, climbing, dancing, singing, cycling and lots more. We go to lots of brilliant outdoor environments in our locality for example, Dunham Massey where we can climb on log piles and spot deer in the park or Lyme Park where we can walk up the hill to ‘The Keep’ and roll down the little mounds and hills! We go in all weathers and have built up a toolkit to take along with us- footballs, marker cones, collecting bags and buckets, scavenger hunts, clipboards and pencils. When we came across the Forest Childcare Association pack we thought it would be a brilliant addition to our toolkit!

Emma and I now dedicate each Monday all year round to ‘Forest Activities’ and call it ‘Nature Day Mondays’. We plan for a month at a time and have done activities like making bird feeders whilst out at our local water park; collecting twigs and sticks to make stick picture frames and counting ducks on the duck pond, taking photographs to make a display back in our home settings.


Fishing Nets at the Park - contributed by Jane Stokes

“To make it more exciting  we took fishing nets and plastic ducks to catch.”

 

Our first outing as a Forest childminder was a fantastic success, we went to the Hub at Aston Clinton. We played in the park which is brilliant; it caters for the whole range of ages. We then went down to a small area that has been set up like a beach, the children were able to paddle safely exploring the environment around them. To make it more exciting we took fishing nets and plastic ducks to catch. All the children were able to participate in this activity; it became a communal game with other children joining in. We sat and enjoyed the sunshine and had a lovely picnic under a tree. All the children got a great deal from the day. I took lots of photographs so that the parents could share the day and see how much fun we all had. I enjoyed it at the Hub because I could relax and enjoy the day knowing the children were safe and able to have the freedom to explore and take risks for themselves whist in my view at all times. One of many outings yet to come.
 

Jan White Natural Play Blog

Jan White works nationally as independent consultant to advocate and support high quality outdoor provision for services for children from birth to five.  I recommend her blog which contains lots of information plus links and how to make a mud kitchen.


60 Nature Play Ideas for Kids

The Imagination Tree has lots of great ideas and links for creative play and learning ideas.


Managing Risk in Play Provision: Implementation guide

The Play Safety Forum has produced Managing Risk in Play Provision  to help strike a balance between the risks and the benefits of offering children challenging play opportunities. Useful resource for those doing Forest Childcare outings.


RSPB Wildlife Awards – link contributed by Rachel from Lancashire

Do you know about the RSPB wildlife awards?  Free to do, just contact them (don’t even have to be a member), they send out a wildlife project booklet, complete different projects, send them off and you get certificates for every child- bronze, silver & gold.  We've done gold.  They also do eco projects too.
This award scheme is all about finding out about wildlife, doing practical things to help and telling other people.

 


One tip for keeping Easter egg hunts fair when you have children of different ages is to separate the children into different parts of the house: i.e., the toddlers get the front room, anyone over three gets the back garden.Or you can limit it to finding, say two eggs per child.    

Seasonal EYFS art projects

Download the free templates for these seasonal EYFS art projects. Each art project comes with guided EYFS observations, telling you what to look for and record while you do the art project with the child.

Mother’s Day Card – mums like owls – here is a simple card for 30th March – observe the children’s knowledge of ‘sizes while you make it.

 

Easter basket – 20th April – if you want it to look handmade, here are the templates you need.  

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Would you consider childminding up to 3 hours a day in an after school club?

Kay’s Business Tips: How to sell yourself to parents, plus a new threat to childminders and a business opportunity if you’re quick

Sell Yourself

Childminders should not put themselves down, especially in front of parents. I hear too many childminders do this. In fact, I am going to bang the head against the wall of the next childminder who tells me ‘I’m just a childminder’. There is no ‘just’ about anything we do.

I know that because I work as a childminder. Other people don’t know what you do and how hard you work, so you should never give them the wrong impression by talking down your work. Parents are the most important people you need to impress. Don’t imagine that just because you look after their children every day that your work speaks for itself. Parents can be fickle creatures, tempted away by the offer of something or someone ‘cheaper’ or in some other way ‘better’. So in order to retain their business you must constantly sell yourself to them.

Childminders need to tell parents why they are the best at what they do. In any other business, companies send press releases when something good happens because press releases make customers buy more from them. In the same way, you need to constantly remind parents what a good choice they made when they chose you to look after their child. This will make them want to keep their child with you for longer and not search elsewhere for ‘better’ or ‘cheaper’ childcare.

When the parents come to collect the child it is hugely important not just to tell the parents what the child ate and how he slept and what his nappies were like… it is also a brief but crucial opportunity to show the parents all the great things you are doing with their child. Don’t just hand across your daily diary – many parents return them unopened – but take a single minute of the parents’ time to discuss their child’s day with them.

However exciting their day or special the activities you have done with them, children cannot be counted on to remember to tell their parents anything useful at all. I asked my little girl who is in reception what she did at school the other day. ‘Look, Mummy, look, what I found in the playground!’  She proudly produced a button from her pocket and continued to talk about it for the next five minutes. At school that day they had in fact been having “Hungry Caterpillar Day”. The teachers had brought in food so that they could eat all the things the caterpillar ate (which I think is a wonderful idea) and they had dressed up and painted butterflies. My little girl didn’t bother to tell me any of this, and it was only because it was her parent-teacher meeting the following day that I ever heard anything about it at all. 

What I’m saying is that if my five year old can’t be counted on to communicate anything useful to me, then you certainly can’t hope that the smaller children you look after will tell the parents anything you’ve done either. So if you want them to know, then you need to tell them! It is not bragging. It is not annoying, and you are not wasting the parents’ time. It is marketing your business. The key message is this: show off what you are doing, then parents won’t be tempted away by other, cheaper childcare options they may stumble across.


More on those “cheaper options parents may stumble across” – a new threat to childminders

Childminder agencies are well on their way and in February you should have received a letter from Elizabeth Truss at the Department for Education which aimed to tell you more about it. But there are other changes on their way in September and one of them in particular could cause as much trouble to childminders as the agencies will do.

The government plans to make it possible for parents to pay a friend to look after children for up to three hours a day in the friend’s own home without the friend needing to register with Ofsted as a childminder. A three hour period would cover working parents from after school right the way up until 6pm, allowing them to leave their children with ‘friends’ for the entire after school stretch. It is fairly easy to replace the word ‘friend’ with ‘unregistered childminder’ in my mind, and this could be a real threat to registered childminders, especially those who do most of their business in before and after school care.

If you are in this situation and feel concerned that you are going to lose business to ‘friends of the mums’ then it is going to become even more important to stress the benefits of choosing your business. You are a real, trained professional with a first aid qualification and a wealth of experience looking after children. But you are also providing home-based care and the ‘friendship’ clause above will allow many parents to use unregistered childminders who will offer their services cheaper. To keep their business you will need to sell yourself and your services (see above). Ask yourself why you are ‘better’ than a friend would be, not why are you ‘cheaper’? 


A new business opportunity if you act fast

The other key change that is on its way is to enable childminders to operate on non-domestic premises for part of the working week. You would be able to provide care on school premises, for example, from 3-6pm. This could be an enormous business opportunity, especially if you are likely to lose after school business to unregistered providers ie.‘friendship care’.

If you think you could do this, act now!  An after school club is exactly the sort of group that I would target if I were starting up a childminding agency. Therefore, don’t wait around until September to speak to your school if you (or a group of you) want to provide childminding on school premises, or one of the new agencies could get there first. It could be a really great business opportunity, but if you want to do it, you will need to get in there quick!   Speak to your local school now … and follow it up.


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Diversity best practice ideas

Teaching children about diversity helps them to understand that people can be different and the same all over the world. It is good practice to display photos that show racial diversity but it can be very hard to choose appropriate photos to display. It is not appropriate to show photos of children that reinforce stereotypes – for example, hungry children in Africa. It is also not appropriate to display pictures that show children wearing their ‘cultural’ rather than their ‘everyday’ dress. Children in Scotland certainly don’t wear kilts everyday any more than African children wear their ‘tribal’ clothing to go to school in. It can be very confusing to young children to see images that give the wrong impression.

These pictures of British children from the We All Play poster are all appropriate to display at your home, to discuss with the children, and give the right impression of a racially inclusive setting.


Men who childmind

The London Network of Men in Childcare is a voluntary network of over seventy members from across London of men who work in the childcare industry. They recently won the Nursery World Diversity and Inclusion Award and have released a new video: Men In Childcare.

One of the group’s aims is to encourage more men into a female-dominated profession and also to give men a place talk about their roles and responsibilities in caring for young children. One of its members, Conor Bathgate, who works as Deputy Nursery Manager at London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) recommended this report on men working in childcare.

Just this month, The Co-operative Childcare, a leading nursery chain has pledged to have least two male practitioners in every Co-operative Childcare nursery by this October. Men, it seems, are working and being actively encouraged to work in nurseries.

But what about men who want to childmind and look after small children in their own homes?

Younger children, especially young boys, can really benefit from having a male childminder. My friend Claire sends her boys to a male childminder. She says, “he is a great influence on them, I think my boys need a man because he calms them down. He’s a great role model in their lives.”

But as a man in childminding there can also be more prejudice to overcome. Jon*, from Reading, told me that he had almost quit childminding after he had looked after an eight year old who had run out of the house into the street. He had physically restrained her for her own safety and then afterwards had been terrified that he would be accused of handling her wrong in some way. “The problem with being a man doing childminding is that there would only have to be the smallest suspicion that I had behaved inappropriately, and I would lose all my business. If I didn’t childmind with my wife, I am not sure I would get any business really. I think men are seen as the ones who are going to ‘interfere’ or behave ‘inappropriately’ and therefore always ‘suspect’.”

That sort of story is sad to hear, and makes me wonder how common Jon’s experiences are. And yet across the country, my freedom of information request from Ofsted has revealed that there are around 1500 male childminders, that’s about 2% of people who work in childminding. Many of these men work in husband-wife teams, but others choose to enter a female-dominated profession on their own and some like “Barry* from up north” do it for great reasons. I want to share his inspiring story with you here.


Why I work as a childminder – by “Barry from up North”

“A 999 call was received to collect a child (2 years) suffering from scalding"

I feel strongly about “Safeguarding Children”. I saw my first ‘serious abused child’ in 1974 when I was in the ambulance service. A 999 call was received to collect a child (2 years) suffering from ‘scalding’.  

On arrival, I was presented with a male infant with half of his body with the skin separating. The story was given that the child had climbed into a bath of boiling water and slipped as a result of his feet touching the water. Mum had been distracted by a phone call. Too many inconsistences rang alarm bells. A&E was notified to be on standby to receive an infant with over 50% burns. Further information was given but the story kept changing. On arrival at A&E I spoke to the SHO and advised “Place of Safety required immediately” together with my information and reasoning. Less than one hour later the infant was transferred to a specialist burns unit under police escort.

Cigarette burns and bruises to the areas of skin unaffected by the scald, and the scald covered only the left hand side of the child’s body. It had been ‘dipped’ in the boiling water by being held by the right wrist and right ankle. The child got ‘protection’ and lived. The parents went to prison.

However, I can still see that child’s injuries and hear the screams. And over 30 years later I know that was the incident that really made me think seriously about something I would never have considered before, going into childcare.  

How it happened was I was asked to go to work for a friend who was a childminder as they knew I had a number of skills that they could use. However I never took the offer seriously. At the third time of asking (in the presence of my wife) the childminder said, ‘well you could both do this job as you both have a lot of the skills needed.’

Six months later we were registered as childminders and worked together until my wife resigned due to ill health. I continued to work with an assistant until the loss of five children to school forced me to make her redundant.

I have continued to work with the before and after school children, a number with ‘additional needs’ and appear to offer the necessary support that these children’s needs. I have recently taken on a child ‘directly because I am older and male’ and the parents are very happy as the child has settled quickly. I do have a reputation for being able to manage children with additional needs and therefore settle to helping meet those children’s needs.

My main advantage is that single parents who do not have a partner’s support or family support is not local do appreciate someone with ‘life skills’ who can look beyond the immediate difficulty. Ironically I have been requested to look after twins, why, cos I am able to do weekends. Nothing to do with gender, merely availability.

*Names changed for confidentiality


World Map with Family Photos - contributed by Ann Ross

“My Ofsted inspector liked this...”

At my setting I have a world map on the wall. I get parents to send in photos of family and friends around the world and I put my friends and family around the world on too. My Ofsted inspector liked this on our display.
 

Learn Some Sign Language

Teaching the children some proper sign language is great fun for everyone and school age children will be fascinated too. If you decide to do it you may need some help. I recommend Deaf Books which has some of the best resources available for teaching British Sign Language to young children. I use the book Let’s Sign in the Early Years 2nd edition by Cath Smith with my children.

 


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Inspire others by emailing me a photo of what you put up on your walls

 

Best practice in towel rail labelling!   

Inspirational best practice - ideas, stories and links

How to write observations about bad behaviour

Sometimes you have to record observations about negative behaviour: children aren’t eating or talking, are purposely wetting themselves, are running off and putting themselves in danger, and ignoring your instructions. Children fight, bully each other, bite and have tantrums. Sometimes there are good reasons for these behaviours, sometimes there aren’t.

As their carer you need to discuss bad behaviour with the parents because they need to know how their child is behaving. Sometimes they may be able to shed some light on the behaviour, and of course it is useful to both of you to find out which behaviours are also used at home, and which ones are saved just for you! 

One way to open up discussion of bad behaviour is to record it as an observation in your learning journey. It is often a good platform from which to discuss the behaviour. But deciding how to write about ‘bad behaviour’ in a way that doesn’t offend or upset the parents or the child is really important.

In the next few newsletters I will give you some examples of how to write observations about bad things in a nice way.


What “story” do you want to tell from the photograph you have taken?

For any photograph you take of the children there are many different observations that you could write about it. At some point, when you sit down to write the observation, you need to decide what ‘story’ you want to tell from the photograph you have taken.

In some cases the story is obvious. If the child is on top of a climbing frame, then the story is most likely to be one of physical skills, of the strength and coordination he needed to climb there. But it might also be a story of determination. Perhaps he has tried to climb up there three times already and you took the photograph when he finally made it to the top? Or perhaps really it is a story of taking turns, how he patiently waited for another child to get out of his way first.  

For this photograph of Beatrice, age 2, eating fruit on a park bench, I could have written any of the following observations corresponding to whatever learning and development area I wanted to focus on at that moment. There is no ‘right answer’ to this. It is up to you to decide and up to you to choose what to write in your learning journey forms. Ask yourself when you look at a photograph: what is the story I want to tell the parents about this photograph? That is the observation you should write in your learning journey

Personal, Social and Emotional (PSE) Beatrice shared the fruit with Jack very nicely today.

Communication and Language

Beatrice told me she liked apples best.


Physical Development

Beatrice climbed up onto the bench without help and took the lid off of the container all by herself.

Mathematics

Beatrice counted out the grapes. One for Jack, one for me.

Understanding the World

Beatrice enjoyed eating the apples we had picked from the tree in our back garden. She talked about how we picked the apples last week.

Expressive Arts and Design

Beatrice was pretending that the grapes were rocks and she was a giant like the one in the story.

Literacy

Beatrice said ‘a’ for ‘apple’.

Writing bad things in a positive way

Another important decision you will need to make is what ‘tone’ you decide to use when writing up your observations. Let’s look again at the photo of Beatrice and the fruit:

Beatrice snatched the bowl of fruit and started eating it. I had to tell her to stop and to share the fruit with Jack.

Beatrice is learning how to share out the fruit. I encourage her by saying ‘one for Beatrice, one for Jack’.

As you can see, both of those observations say exactly the same thing. They both describe the same incident. But in one, I write it very negatively and Beatrice’s parents are left with a bad impression of their little girl. While in the second one, not only am I putting the development into the context that at this age she is still learning to share, I am giving the parents a tool they can use to encourage sharing at home. I am saying, you can’t expect children of this age to get sharing right all alone, but if you remind her ‘one for me, one for you’ that’s how we do it here. Why don’t you try the same message at home?  

So, just to recap, not only are there many different stories you can write about any photograph, there are many different ways you can tell a story. As much as possible try to record something positive about the child so that everyone can feel good about themselves.

More examples of some tougher ‘bad stuff’ in the Summer newsletter…


Tips for great inspections

What is the childminder doing wrong in this photograph? 

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Are you looking after a child with Developmental Delay?

This booklet has information for parents and carers of children with developmental delay. The booklet has been published by Contact A Family, a national charity supporting families with disabled children.


Too Much Screen Time Hurts Babies

Interesting article poses the question:  Babies are quiet and content while interacting with computers or watching TV. This is why it is so easy to leave young children in front of screens. What’s wrong with that if the kids are happy?


Gardening and cooking with young children

If you want to grow something other than sunflowers this year, then the Foodies website is great for some ideas. This site has lots of ideas to encourage children to garden, plus craft ideas and other resources.


Answer: Tips for great inspections – Nappy Change Procedure

When you are doing a nappy change you should wear a pair of disposable gloves, a new set for each child, and your Ofsted inspector will mark you down if you aren’t doing so.

But don’t just save them for your inspection. Gloves will protect both you and the children from spreading infection. Think about yourself as well as the children. It really is possible to catch rare diseases from the children you look after – one childminder I know caught a tropical disease from a little boy she looked after (who had acquired it himself, the doctor thought, from a swimming pool). It took the doctors months to realise what was wrong with her – and if she had been wearing disposable gloves she wouldn’t have caught it in the first place.

What about disposable aprons?  Do you wear them? Most good nurseries encourage their staff to do so. Should childminders be wearing them too? Has this come up at anyone’s inspection recently? Advice, thoughts, comments please to: kay.woods@kidstogo.co.uk.


Posters to fit any sized room – your help needed please

In April I’m going to be launching my “Posters Pack” and one of the aims is to show the sorts of things that childminders put up in different sized spaces on your walls. You may have a dedicated playroom in your house, like my friend Amerjit here with nursery-style wall-to-wall decorations. Or you may childmind in your living room and prefer to keep all your displays to tiny bulletin boards that can be put up at the beginning of the day and removed when the children go home? Alternately you may feel like another friend Emma who told me, “This is my house. There is no way I’m covering my walls in educational posters or putting hand washing notices up in my toilet.” If you are like Emma, I won’t expect to sell you a Posters Pack, but could be keen to hear from you anyway!

 If you would willing to photograph the wall displays at your house then please get in touch: kay.woods@kidstogo.co.uk.  I am especially keen to see examples of how people use small spaces effectively. Your photos could be included in my Posters Pack and put onto my website to inspire others.

  

My Posters Pack will also include labels, educational posters, colour-your-own posters and my favourite – a completely unique ABC Chart designed by 26 different childminders from all across the country. Thank you so much again to everyone who has taken part in designing a letter.

 


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If you ever prepare food for the children you look after then you need to read this.

EYFS Paperwork, Policy and Legislation News – focus on Food Business Registration


Watch this spot – big changes are on their way again!

The government will produce an updated version of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework for implementation in September 2014. This will include, among other things, the introduction of childminder agencies. The changes will be published in April 2014 so we will have six months to update all our paperwork… again!

Agencies Blog – Penny’s Place

I recommend Penny’ Place if you want real, quality up to date information about childminder agencies. Penny is an active campaigner and her blog makes informative reading.


January’s “changes” to food business legislation for childminders and what they mean to you

From January 2014 childminders no longer have to separately register as a food business with their local authority.  I’ve spoken with the Food Standards Agency and the Environmental Health Officer at my council to confirm exactly how these changes affect both new and existing childminders.

Do childminders still have to register as food businesses?

Yes. Many childminders will still have to register as food businesses. This has not changed in January. If you are a childminder who registered with Ofsted before January 2014, who provides food as part of your childminding service, then you should contact your Environmental Health Officer at your local authority (council) and register yourself. It is free to register and it is very unlikely that you will ever be inspected. You will be sent important information on food safety to help you to keep the children’s food safe.


How do I know if I have to register as a food business?

If you ever prepare food for the children who attend your setting then you probably have to register as a food business. If the children only eat food they have brought from home in their own lunch boxes then you may not have to register. Your Environmental Health Officer will talk you through it. 


I’m a new childminder. How do I register as a food business?

When you register your childminding business with Ofsted, the details you provide to Ofsted will also be used to register you as a food business. This will happen automatically so you don’t need to do anything. This only applies for registrations made on or after 1 January 2014, and only if you tell Ofsted that you plan to provide food as part of your childminding service.


What if I’m already registered as a food business?

If you are already registered as a food business then you don’t need to do anything new. This change applies to new childminders who are registering. 


Do I need to go on a proper food safety course?

No. However, childminders who provide food as part of their normal childminding service are responsible under food law for ensuring that food is prepared, stored and handled in compliance with the food hygiene regulations. The Food Standards Agency has produced a special pack called Safer food, better business for childminders which you should read. Your local authority and many private companies may run food safety courses if you would like to go on one, but this is optional. There is no requirement for food handlers to attend formal courses or to acquire food hygiene qualifications.


Do I really need to keep all my food receipts and if so for how long for?

Yes. Keep all of your food receipts for four weeks from the date when the children ate the food that is listed on the receipts. That way if there is a safety problem with food you have provided (like an outbreak of food poisoning) then you have a traceable record of the individual ingredients in the food the children have eaten. 


Do I have to use fridge/freezer thermometers?

Food that is stored at the wrong temperature can quickly become unsafe to eat. In order to make sure that the food is stored at the correct temperature you need to check every day to make sure that your fridge is set at 5°C or below and your freezer is working properly. It is a legal requirement in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to keep high risk food at 8°C or below. Make sure your fridge is operating between 0°C - 5°C to ensure the food inside is kept at 8°C or below. 
The reason for the thermometer is to check the actual temperature of the fridge is suitable. Some fridges will have a digital display to show what temperature they are set, but most fridges simply have a dial inside with numbers the numbers ‘1, 2, 3, 4, 5’ on it. These numbers don’t relate to actual temperatures which is why you need to check the temperature with a thermometer. Even if your fridge is one that displays the actual temperature, you should still check it occasionally with a thermometer to make sure that it is displaying the correct temperature.


Where can I get advice on food safety and registration?

It is important that food handlers have adequate knowledge to prepare and supply food that is safe to eat.
If you have any further questions about how the legislation applies or if you would like free advice on food safety, contact your local authority (council) Environmental Health Service. You can use this link to find your local contact: The Food Standard Agency website provides further information.  


 

Pet policy

 

 

Warning: more big changes are on their way!

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Contracts, Policies and Forms

If you have a pet at your setting, then you may want to add this to your policy document under “Safety of premises, environment and equipment” section. There is already a mention of pets but this just expands it a little.  

We have one pet, a cat named Polly and she is a member of our family. It is important that children learn to handle pets correctly, to learn to treat her gently and to handle her with respect. The children enjoy looking after her, visiting the vet and helping to feed her. I ensure that she is kept up to date with regular vaccinations and that in all matters of pet health concerns that a highest standard of hygiene is followed at all times so that the children are not put at risk.

Two things I have been asked about recently you will find are NOT in your policy document: a “head lice policy” and a “bruising in babies policy”. You don’t need to have separate policies for these items. The bruising is covered by your general statement on ‘Safeguarding’ and the lice are covered by your ‘Illness and Medical’ policy. Check that you are using an up to date version of the Guidance on Infection and Control in Schools and Other Childcare Settings from the Health Protection Agency.


Terms and Conditions

I have recently updated the Terms and Conditions for using my website and products. 


There are no updates to my other products at this time but please check carefully in the next newsletter (June 2014) as the government will produce an updated version of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework in April 2014 for implementation in September 2014 which could imply many more updates to your policies and other paperwork.
  

 

   
   

© Kay Woods – Kids To Go 2013
sales@kidstogo.co.uk
07866 754144

Kids To Go
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Burnham, BERKS
SL1 6NG

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