Childminders care for children in their own home, for more than two hours a day and receive payment for this service. They are registered by Ofsted and have to meet the requirements set out in The Early Years Foundation Stage. These requirements ensure the suitability of carers and the safety of the premises, insurance, record keeping, child protection and equality of opportunity. Childminders are registered to care for children from 0-8 years and are inspected by Ofsted regularly. A certificate of this registration must be displayed by the childminder during working hours.
Network Accredited Childminders
All Registered Childminders are inspected by Ofsted to make sure they meet certain standards. Network Accredited Childminders have further assessments to make sure they exceed those standards in day care and education beyond the national standards set by Ofsted. And they will be assessed regularly by homebased childcare advisors employed by Surrey County Council, to make sure their standards stay high.
By using a Network Accredited Childminder you will know that your child is being looked after by someone who:
- provides a standard of care that is in line with the Surrey County Council Early Years Quality Improvement Award and is committed to raising the quality of their service
- has knowledge of child development
- is Accredited, this means you may be able to use them to claim your Early years free entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds
- is visited every term by a homebased childcare advisor who will monitor their standards and offer full support
- has access to excellent toy libraries and play and learn sessions
- has access to training
Network Accredited Childminders work closely with parents/carers and aim to create a welcoming environment for parent and child, where they may freely discuss any concerns.
Early years free entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds
The free entitlement gives all eligible children the opportunity to take part in planned learning activities, and helps prepare them for school through the early learning goals set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
As a general rule children can get the free entitlement from the term after their third birthday.
The free entitlement offers children up to 15 hours of free early years provision a week for 38 weeks. I am able to claim the free entitlement on your behalf.
We accept payment with Childcare Vouchers.
Assistants are registered and approved by Ofsted. Cara is CRB checked and First Aid trained.