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Early Years Foundation Stage

Information for childminders about the revised Early Years Foundation Stage.

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You may have reached this page, but are not yet registered as a childminder. Please see our childcare registration page for information.

Childminders registered on the Ofsted Early Years Register follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework.  You need the following documents:

You can find all these documents on the Foundation Years website or buy them from PACEY.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Reforms

On the 1 September 2014 new arrangements came into force for meeting the needs of children with SEND.

As part of the Children and Families Act 2014 the government has produced a new SEND Code of practice

Local Offer

The local offer for SEN and Disability (SEND) brings together information about education, health and care services for children and young people from 0 to 25 with SEND

It has two main purposes:

  • to provide clear, comprehensive and accessible information about the support and opportunities that are available
  • to make provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations.

Further information can be found at Oxfordshire’s Local Offer

In order for the Local Offer to be a high quality resource, all providers are asked to publish what they ‘offer’ to support children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability. You are encouraged to update information about your provision with the Family Information Service

In your own Local Offer you would need to provide details of your service and how you would meet the needs of children and young people with additional needs who may access your childminding service

To add information on the Family Information Directory about your childminding service and how you meet the needs of a child with additional needs, you first need to register.

There is information about how to do this on the How to register and update your records page on the directory. This will take you through the process step by step.

When you register and update your record, you can also update your opening hours, costs and vacancies at the same time.

SEN Support

Early Years Action and Early Years Action Plus has been replaced by SEN Support.

Early Years providers will use the Early Years SEN Support and Outcome plan to record and monitor progress of children with SEN.

Education Health and Care (EHC) Plans

Statements of SEN are replaced by EHC Plans. Schools and settings will work collaboratively with parents, children and professionals from education, health and social care to support children to achieve outcomes based on their needs and aspirations.

Information to share with parents:

  1. You are working to the statutory requirements of the EYFS as stated in the updated document Sept 2017, which clearly identifies your responsibilities in the early identification and support of children with additional needs.
  2. You have regard to the SEND code of Practice which sets out your responsibility in the early identification and support for children with SEN and through the Equalities Act of 2010 the requirement to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate the needs of all children.
  1. You will not treat any child with disability or SEN any less favourably than you would any other child.
  1. You work in partnership with other local education providers to explore how different types of need can be met most effectively.
  1.  You regularly review and evaluate the quality and breadth of the support you offer or can access for children with SEN or disabilities.
  1. Your policy sets out specifically how you identify, support and include children with SEN and disabilities.
  1. Your relevant training, experience and qualifications;  How you can access appropriate guidance and resources from the Local Offer, including working with other professionals and the availability of some additional funding where appropriate to support children’s needs.
  1. How you support transitions into your provision and when moving on to other settings. How you work with others if the child has shared childcare.
  1. Accessibility of your environment; any additional actions you might take to ensure appropriate care for children outside of your home based provision.


The Step into Training programme includes courses to support you with the EYFS.

Templates to support you with the EYFS framework

'All about me'

You can use or adapt the individual assessment and planning template (doc format, 98Kb)  in preparation for completing a child's EYFS progress check at age two. You do not have to use this version - you can devise your own methods.

Child information and parental permissions form

It is a requirement of the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework that you have in place permissions in writing and signed by the parent/legal guardian of the child. If you use this template (doc format, 39Kb), it is your responsibility to ensure that it is appropriate to your provision.

Letter to teacher

Using a letter template (doc format, 28Kb) from a childminded child to their teacher is just one way that you could complement the work done by a child's main provider of the EYFS.

Risk assessment template

It is a requirement of your registration that you provide a safe and healthy environment for the children in your care. You can use this risk assessment form (docx format, 26Kb) to help you carry out a written risk assessment of your working environment.


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Last reviewed
26 March 2018
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