WORKING WITH PARENTS STATEMENT
I, Eve Theobald aim to work in partnership with parents to meet the needs of all the children in my care.
All children and adults are treated with equal concern and are made to feel welcome in my home.
I, together with parents, will endeavour to make sure that the care of their child is consistent. A consistent approach benefits the child’s welfare and ensures the child is not confused.
I keep up to date about working in partnership with parents and carers and with relevant legislation by taking regular training, regular contact with PACEY’s Children come first network, by regularly reading newsletters and articles posted on the OFSTED and DFES websites and www.professionalchildcare.co.uk , and by reading relevant childcare publications such as The Childcare Professional, Early Years Educator, Nursery Education and Practical Pre-school.
Copies of my policies and procedures are available to all parents, which detail how I run my setting. Most of these can also be found on my website: www.tcds-childminding.co.uk. I usually draw up and sign a written contract with parents before the placement starts or during the settling-in period, which details the expectations of the care to be provided, activities and business arrangements. The contract is signed by the parent(s) and myself and dated. A copy is given to the parent(s) and any other party involved in the financial arrangements. I issue receipts for all monies paid, on request. The contract is reviewed every six months to 12 months or when circumstances change.
Wherever possible I try to meet parents’ requests for the care of their children according to their values and practices, preferences and attitudes. Family customs and beliefs about dietary requirements, dress code, hair and skin care, help required with toilet and washing are respected. Records of the requirements agreed are kept attached to the child record forms. These records are revisited and updated during regular reviews with parents.
I will notify all parents in advance when I am to be inspected by Ofsted so that parents can contribute their views to the inspector if they want to. I will post a link to the Ofsted report on our website or a copy can be provided to parents, on request, within five working days of receiving the report.
If a child is identified as a child in need (section 17 of the Children Act 1989) I will, normally with the parent’s permission, give appropriate information to referring agencies.
I keep a diary to record details about the children’s day. I keep parents regularly informed about my daily routines and childcare practices and share information about the children with parents by home contact book, email, telephone, face-to-face meetings, and mobile texting. I use parent’s preferred method of contact as advised by them. I informally share information when the children are collected or dropped off.
Children will only be released from my care to the parent(s)/carer(s), or to someone named and authorised by the parent/carer. A password might be used to confirm identity if the person collecting the child is not previously known to me.
I maintain a record of parent(s)’ and/or emergency contact details, contact details for the child’s GP and appropriate signed consent forms. All details will be kept confidential and records are kept secure. Please keep me up-to-date with any changes to these details.
Both I, and my assistant/driver, Chris Theobald, carry ‘childminding passports’ containing important personal, contact and medical details, about ourselves and the children we care for, in case of an emergency.
Any childminding assistants and any person over the age of 16 years who lives on the premises or is in regular contact with children in my care will complete the necessary checks required by law. (see: Suitable Adults statement)
I expect parents to inform me of any changes in the child’s home circumstances, care arrangements or any other change which may affect the child’s behaviour, such as a new baby, parents’ separation, divorce or any bereavement. All information shared will be kept confidential, unless there appears to be a child protection issue.
I am available for regular review meetings with parents to discuss their child’s care and education and any issues or concerns, preferably when the child is not present. If I do not share the same first language as the parents, I will take whatever action necessary to facilitate effective communication. This may include seeking guidance from the local early year’s team.
All complaints will be investigated. Please see my Complaints Procedure.
All significant incidents are recorded on an incident sheet and filed in your child’s personal record. It will be shared and discussed with parents so that we can work together to resolve any issues.