I've decided my way of doing all this paperwork is just too time consuming and I'd quite like a life outside of childminding. I have therefore decided I need to start a fresh new system and now is a good time as I have a new mindee with a nice sparkly new file
Would you kindly share with me your system for dealing with all this required paperwork. I was thinking of using the diary diary I email and highlighting in different colours what areas of learning they link to but I don't want to write planning on every single note I make as it would be too much.
So starting from when a child joins your setting, what do you do?
One more question.........I know this child was in a nursery for 8 months before coming to me yet the mum has never heard of a file for their child (never even got told what they did, how they slept/ate etc etc) so am I ok to just write a note saying no file was passed on?)
Right, I like as little paperwork as possible so 1 daily diary which i just make qick notes in about their day with sleep and eaten, 2 I have ob book where itake photos of activity/make ob and then link to eyfs i.e KUW, PD with next step underneith, 3 use copy of eyfs stages from disc in pack which I highlight and date when they reach/achieve that stage (parents can see on request). Thats it!! For planning i just have photos ofall toys and activities (velcro on back)and when children arrive they choose what to do that day and stick it up on a board....not sure if this is right but due a visit from area coordinator sowill soon find out!! let me know what youthink????
i had an inspection last week and got a good in all areas and she liked how I noted down all my EYFS so here it is: daily diary that goes home each day. couple of lines in it about what we did that day, sleep, eating. Once a month I fill in a sheet which is split into 6 for each of the areas. i choose ( make up) an observation to fit each. Under each is net steps which is also planning, When next steps are done / observed I tick them off in a coloured pen.
Moogster - well done on your Ofsted. I don't suppose you'd be willing to share the form you use? If so, my email is enquiries at helenslittleangels dot co dot uk. Understand if you'd rather not though.
Have you read Penny Tassoni's follow-up book, where she looks at paperwork with a childminder as an example? I thought it was really interesting. The childminder in question has a lot of her paperwork on her iphone. I got the impression she was using it for daily diaries as well.
dont forget to start your file with the childs 'starting point' I havent got it on the computer so cannot e -mail. Just a few A4 sides - I put a photo from childs home maybe taken with their family (but thats not necessary) For parents to fill in.. what the child likes / dislikes/ what they can do ie feed themselves or count to 10 etc etc. About their family, what their routine is, any other info (maybe special blanket or things they do to signal they are tired, what they like to play with, when they are upset what they might need? Ofsted are HOT HOT HOT on starting points! Hope that helps x
Hi moogster, Please help! I've got my inspection soon and I'm useless at paper work. I have just read your post about your daily diary and obs sheet. Please please email me a copy of yours so I have something to go on when I try and do mine my email is degdeg1 at ntlworld dott comm