NEW LOOK Childminding Best Practice Club (Yearly Subscription)
Simplify your life by getting all your monthly training and professional development, plus everything you need to support and develop your childminding curriculum in one convenient place.
Discover a treasure trove of monthly training modules carefully written to empower childminders in every aspect of their journey - from nurturing child development to mastering the art of running your own business.
Receive exclusive monthly planning and activity ideas customised for childminders. Find activities that ignite the imagination of the youngest children, and discover themed modules with carefully curated planning - perfect for childminders working with varying age groups.
Join the Childminding Best Practice Club today and unlock a monthly pack filled with all the essential resources you need.
The Childminding Best Practice Club is unique. Designed by outstanding childminders to support other childminders, members receive:
- NEW LOOK Monthly Childminding Best Practice Toolkits emailed straight to your inbox.
- A 25% discount* off other Kids To Go resources
- 'New Members Welcome Pack'.
Each month you will receive a NEW LOOK Childminding Best Practice Club toolkit. Each toolkit contains a 'Your Learning,' section and a 'Your Curriculum,' section.
The 'Your Learning' part of the toolkit is a Continual Professional Development section that features a longer training module and a selection of shorter, 'quick and easy' pieces, catering to members with busy schedules.
Before you start each module there is a special self-evaluation section to consider.
Each longer training module is split into shorter sections. This helps you to digest each part at your own pace; you can do the entire course in one sitting or take your time and complete it over several days or weeks.
Each module comes with resources specially designed to help you put your training into practice.
When you have worked your way through the whole course there is a section to evaluate your learning proving that you have evaluated, implemented learning and the re-evaluated to show what impact the learning has had on your practice.
There is also a certificate for you to print out and keep to further prove and advertise your dedication to continual professional development.
The training modules cover a variety of different subjects covering everything you need to know as a childminder. There are courses on child development, courses helping you to effectively deliver different parts of the curriculum and business related courses, such as help managing your accounts.
If you have an inspection your inspector will want to know how you evaluate your practice and what you do as a result of that evaluation. By working through the 'My Learning,' section you are not only developing your work but also producing proof of what you are doing and why.
TIP FOR CHILDMINDERS WITH ASSISSTANTS. If you have assistants it is a requirement for you to be satisfied that they are competent to fulfil their role. Providing them courses such as the ones in the toolkits is a good way of helping ensure that they are developing their understanding of their work - and it will not cost you a small fortune, just print out as many copies as you have assistants!
Support and resources to help you plan your curriculum:
If you have an Ofsted inspection you will need to show your inspector that your curriculum is 'coherently planned and sequenced.' You will also need to demonstrate that, 'It builds on what children know and can do, towards cumulatively sufficient knowledge and skills for their future learning.'
(Quotes taken from the Early Years Inspection Handbook 2023 Quality of Education 'good' grade descriptor.)
The new look Childminding Best Practice Club toolkits contain a special section dedicated to helping you plan your curriculum. In it you will find a planning grid based on the monthly theme. This sets an overall objective for the theme (the intent) and breaks down the children's learning into stages so that you can chose activities that match your children's stage of development.
The stages themselves are broken down into sections:
• The learning intent (what you want children to learn)
• The implementation (how you will help the children learn, for example suggested activities you can try.)
• The impact. Things to look for that show what the children have learned.
Once the children are secure in one stage they can move to the next.
Help setting children's next steps:
Your inspector will also want you to show how you, 'assess what children know, understand and can do, as well as taking account of their interests and dispositions to learn (characteristics of effective learning), and how practitioners use this information to plan children’s next steps in learning and to monitor their progress.'
(Quote taken from the Early Years Inspection Handbook 2023)
Some children will have obvious needs that mean their next steps are easy to decide. These children also tend to be the easier ones to talk about with an inspector simply because their needs are clear. However, you may have children that you find trickier to decide next steps for. In this case you can use the planning grid to decide a useful next step to give the child and be able to talk about the inspector with. For example, for an ‘All About Me,’ topic you might say to the inspector something like:
“We are working on an ‘All About Me,” topic at the moment. Billy has learned the actions for, ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes,’ and knows where his head and toes are. Now we are working with the playdough to help him learn and reinforce what his eyes, nose and mouth are called."
Activities, and resources to help implement each child's learning:
Every month the Childminding Best Practice Club toolkits contain a selection of activities and crafts (with templates where necessary) to help you deliver the theme to your children.
Instead of all of these activities being craft based the new look Childminding Best Practice Club toolkits have a selection of different activities, for example there may be:
- a special language activity aimed at teaching and reinforcing vocabulary,
- a playdough based activity with printable resources to help develop fine motor control and hand strength while learning about the theme,
- a craft activity to help encourage creativity or following instructions (based on the type of craft!) With templates where necessary.
The selection will vary each month depending on the theme and will help you build a broad and balanced curriculum. Each activity will come with printable resources or templates as necessary.
Additional activities to help cover things like schema play, characteristics of effective learning, diversity and British Values
As not every area of learning may be naturally covered by the month's theme other separate sections are included in the curriculum part of the toolkit each month.
- Monthly ideas to try with children under the age of two. A lot of the training and available ideas out there are aimed at children aged three years and older. This can be frustrating for childminders who very often have younger children. This section has been introduced to help combat that! Every month there are some fabulous ideas for you to try out with the very youngest children in your care. For example ideas surrounding schemas.
- Monthly diversity/British Values Activity. Each toolkit features a monthly diversity or British Values activity for you to do with your children. Learn about things like Diwali, St George's Day, recycling, Easter and Christmas.
- Monthly planning sheet with ideas to help cover areas not covered in the themed section. For example count and colour sheets to help children practice their maths skills.
Additional resources included in each monthly toolkit may include things like:
- Original illustrated stories to print and share with your children and there families.
- Printable playdough mats
- Printable games
- Printable display resources
- Printable activity sheets or colouring sheets
Other Membership Benefits:
When you join you will receive a 'New Members Welcome Pack,' containing:
- A special Membership Certificate for you to display and advertise your commitment to excellence.
- A Welcome to the Club Introduction with lots of information about how to get the most from your membership.
- A Getting Started checklist to help you get your membership of to the best start
- A CPD Logbook
- A Welcome toolkit containing things like training module samples, planning sheets, resources, activity ideas and a printable diversity story.
- A 25% discount on lots of other Kids To Go products including the Ultimate Childminding Checklist, The Progress Check at Age 2 pack, The Contracts, Policies and Forms Pack and many, many more. This is not a one off discount, you can use it as many times as you want during the course of your membership.
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Please note: this product option sets up a yearly subscription for the Childminding Best Practice Club which will automatically renew each year. I will send a reminder email shortly before your membership is due to renew so that you may cancel if you wish to.
Please note: This is NOT a postal subscription. We do not send packs out by post. The packs are emailed out as PDF documents but you can also request that your toolkits are sent out as Word documents.
* The Club discount does not include already discounted bulk buys or bundle deals or membership to the Forest Childcare Association
During your inspection how will you demonstrate how you 'evaluate (your) service and strive for continuous improvement?'
(Quote taken from the Early Years Inspection Handbook 2023)
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