Just as every child is unique, so is the service
that each childminder provides. One thing common to all registered
childminders in England, however, is the Early Years Foundation
Stage (EYFS). Registered childminders must be able to demonstrate
how they meet the requirements of the EYFS.
One way of checking how you are meeting the needs of the
children in your care is to work on developing your reflective
practice. This means regularly looking at every aspect of your
practice and being honest with yourself about how you are
Remember to highlight the many positive aspects of your
childminding, rather than simply concentrating on a few areas that
may need some extra attention or improvement.
A reflective practitioner:
- takes professional responsibility for constantly improving the
quality of their own practice
- thinks about the way they work, and why they choose certain
ways of working
- considers working in different ways and introduces new ways of
- plans how to maintain and develop their practice in future,
seeking new information and training opportunities.
PACEY's Professional Occupational Standards will
help you reflect on your professional development and how you are
meeting the requirements of the EYFS.
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