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BLOG: A Childminder’s Experience of Healthy Early Years London (HEYL)

Yordanos Gebretinsae, a childminder in Tower Hamlets, shares her experiences of achieving the Bronze HEYL award and how it has supported her practice and the children in her care.


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BLOG: Help! I’m registering as a childminder (in England) but am confused on what to do first

Starting out on your childminder journey can often be confusing. There are so many things you need to do before completing the Ofsted application form and the often asked question is “can we have a checklist please?”

Each person’s journey is different, depending on previous experiences and careers, so a checklist isn’t always helpful. However, I thought a guide might be useful.


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BLOG: Balanced Diets

When children don’t get the right nutrients in their food, it can damage them in many ways. Here’s how we can support children and parents with their diet. 



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BLOG: Support and keep safe

Do you have safeguarding concerns? Maybe you’re worried about a child within your care, or your own setting has come under scrutiny. Either way, there is help and support at hand.


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BLOG: Altering assumptions

Outdated misconceptions may be causing some childcare settings to shy away from welcoming children with Down syndrome. But early years providers are ideally placed to help children with the condition to flourish.


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BLOG: ‘Stick-ability’ and ‘bounce-back-ability’ Helping children build persistence and resilience

We learn about neuroplasticity and how children have the capacity to grow and change their brain, to improve and become stronger in their learning, building persistance and resilience.


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BLOG: An apprenticeship success story

National Apprenticeship week brings together businesses and apprentices across the country to shine a light on the positive impact that apprenticeships make to individuals, businesses and the wider economy. We spoke to Priya and Jack about how the apprenticeship scheme has worked for them. 


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BLOG: Engaging parents and carers in supporting tactile sensory experiences / Cynnwys rhieni a gofalwyr wrth gefnogi profiadau synhwyraidd cyffyrddol

Following on from blogs on tactile sensory experiences and engaging children with these, learning environments expert Elizabeth Jarman, explores some of the considerations for engaging parents in supporting children’s tactile sensory experiences and recognising the benefits for children. / Yn dilyn ymlaen o flogiau ar brofiadau synhwyraidd cyffyrddol ac ymgysylltu plant â’r rhain, mae Elizabeth Jarman, arbenigwraig amgylcheddau dysgu, yn archwilio rhai o’r ystyriaethau ar gyfer ymgysylltu rhieni wrth gefnogi profiadau synhwyraidd cyffyrddol plant a chydnabod y buddion i blant.


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BLOG: Time to shout for Childminders

It is widely acknowledged that childminders will be vital in the successful expansion of the childcare places offer. Although more research is needed, there is every likelihood that a home-based childminder setting will be favoured by many parents for their 9 month olds, above a group setting. That, and the importance of childminders for children with SEND/ALN and, for example, the children of parents who work shifts or erratic working patterns, means that action is needed now to remove the unnecessary challenges that making running a childminding setting unsustainable for many. 


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BLOG: What is the graduated approach and how do I use it? (England only)

All teachers, including early years practitioners are responsible and accountable for the progress and development of the children in their care.  The Equality Act 2010 prohibits educators from discriminating against a child with additional needs and settings must ensure that they are fully inclusive.  This also means that every educator, in early years, primary and secondary education is a teacher of children with special education needs and disabilities (SEND).  In the early years we are best placed to identify these needs early on and to ensure that appropriate support is put into place as soon as possible, helping to ensure that most children with SEND achieve well and gain the foundations for a successful transition into school and their future life.

But how do we best support children with SEND?


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