Policies & Procedures

The Early Years Foundation Stage welfare requirements state that providers of childcare for children aged 0 - 5 years in England should have clear policies and procedures for safeguarding children and ensuring that every child reaches their full potential.

My childminding policies offer clear guidance on what parents, carers and children of all ages can expect from me as their childminder and what I hope to receive in return.  My policy documents are available on request and parents are given a written copy in a personalised Parent Pack when contracts are agreed.


Policies are available covering:

- Accident & Emergency

- Alcohol & Other Substances

- Behaviour

- Comments, Compliments & Complaints

- Data Protection & Confidentiality

- Food & Drink

- Health & Safety

- Illness & Infectious Diseases

- Inclusion

- Learning

- Lost Child

- Medicines

- No Smoking

- Outings

- Safeguarding Children

- Sleeping & Quiet Time

- Special Educational Needs (SEND)

- Uncollected Child

- Working with Parents & Carers

Special Educational Needs

I aim to provide an environment in which all children are supported to reach their full potential. To achieve this I aim to follow the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (2017) and I am required to comply with the requirements of the Equality Act (2010) and the SEND Code of Practice (2014).

I support children with Special Educational Needs in a loving and caring environment and work in partnership with parents and other agencies to ensure that every child receives the best possible care and learning development.

Melanie's Minding is Makaton friendly and I am an 

Early Years Special Educational Needs Coordinator.


As a registered childcare provider caring for children in the Early Years, I must deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (2017).

The Early Years Foundation Stage has four themes –

A Unique Child – every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self assured.

Positive Relationships – children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.

Enabling Environments – children learn and develop well in enabling environments in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents/carers.

Learning & Development – children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. 

The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.