Creating a Planning System for your childminding setting doesn’t have to be complicated and won’t take you a lot of time if you follow the steps in the Learning Journey Plus Workbook. The Workbook will help you to create four planning documents which put together will comprise your planning system. The Workbook includes model planning documents that you can copy or overtype for your setting.

• Enabling Environments Plan: a list of what resources, ideas and activities you have on offer in your setting, how these fit in with the Characteristics of Effective Learning, and what you want to do with the children this year.

• Year Plan: a simple overview of your plans for the year  

• Medium Term Plans: make a Month Plan for your setting that also meets the needs of the individual children you care for

• Short Term Plans: create a Week Plan that reflects the interests of each unique child linked to your learning journey observations

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Reduce the amount of planning paperwork you are doing

The most important aspect of creating a planning system is to keep it all simple. If your planning system is too complicated then you won’t be able to use it. It is very easy to try and put too much detail into your planning systems and overcomplicate things.

With my Learning Journey Plus planning system, planning won’t take you very long, isn’t complicated with by the time you have finished will be actually useful to you instead of just a paperwork burden.


A complete planning product

This is a complete planning system and is everything you need for yourself and Ofsted. You can use this product to put in place a planning system from scratch or to enhance and fill in the gaps in any system you are currently using.


How can a planning system work for the whole setting but also take into account the needs and interests of each individual child?

By creating four different planning documents you can show that you are doing planning for your setting and planning for the ‘unique child’.

First you will create two long term planning documents for your year. Your Enabling Environments Plan will include your resources, themes you want to try and things you need to buy for your setting. It will ensure that you cover all EYFS areas of learning and development, balance indoor and outdoor time, structured activities and free-play. This document will initially take you the longest to create but only needs to be updated once each year.

You will then put key dates into your Year Plan which is a one page overview of your whole year helping you to stay organised and ensure that you are providing variety and balance in the experiences you offer children.

Every month you will need to make a Month Plan. This will include details of which children are attending and on what days so that you can plan activities around attendance, half terms, festivals, themes, outings and activities. Your monthly plans will show that you are taking into account the needs of each individual child.

Finally, each week you will need to spend a few minutes writing out a Week Plan with music club times, school runs, notes to individual parents etc., and most importantly planning ideas for each individual child based on observations and next steps from his learning journey.

The Learning Journey Plus contains all the templates you need plus step-by-step instructions on how to create these four documents. By the time you have finished you will have a complete planning system comprising four planning documents that work both for your setting as a whole and for the individual child.



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