The Early Years Foundation Stage document is the National Framework that all registered childminders in England work to. If you are a childminder in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, your regulations are different and you can find information about what you will work to by using the links below.
If you are registered on the Early Years Register to care for children from birth to the 31st August after their 5th birthday, you will need to abide by the Early Years Foundation Stage.
The EYFS comprises the Statutory Framework which contains your legal responsibilities for children's health, safety, learning and development as well as guidance documents that can help you to meet the statutory requirements.
The EYFS states that certain records need keeping in writing. While it suggests that childminders do not need to have their policies in writing, and that the childminder can decide if risk assessments are recorded or not, it can be deemed good practice to have these documents in writing too in order to show how childminders can relate the information to parents and others who need to know. It is a requirement that childminders maintain the records needed and share them with parents, carers and other professionals including the police, social services and Ofsted as appropriate. NEED LINK TO OFSTED PAGE OF 'RECORDS YOU NEED TO KEEP'
If you would like to purchase policies, risk assesments, consent forms etc. to save you time in creating them yourself, you can find them in our shop.
It is compulsory to be familiar with and abide by the EYFS if you are a childminder who is registered on the Early Years Register, but it is not compulsory to have a hard copy.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
If you prefer a hard copy of the EYFS document, we have copies available in our shop
Understanding and Working with the EYFS Online Course
A step by step guide through the EYFS and what you need to do as a childminder to meet the requirements.
There are several non statutory guidance documents available to download that you can use to help you meet the requirements of the EYFS.
This guidance sets out the aims and principles of the two year check and contains guidance on assessment and completing the check
This document has now been archived by Government, but contains lots of information about Characteristics of Effective Learning and how to help children reach the milestones in the Unique Child column
This guidance that has replaced Development Matters and consists of the 'A Unique Child' column taken from the Development Matters document
4Children have produced answers to some frequently asked questions about varying childminder ratios.
4Children have produced guidance for parents about their child's learning in the EYFS