Continuity of Care and Routines
As a childminder we provide for children a warm, welcoming, safe, family home environment in which they feel secure and valued. We believe this is important to help children settle in our care and develop a positive relationship with us.Often a child will start in our care as a baby and then grow with us until they start school. We can then provide before and after school care for them, this means the continuity of care in a stable on-going relationship with us that boosts the children’s self esteem and sense of belonging.
Children in our care are involved in everyday activities such as cooking, tidying up, gardening and family mealtimes as well as planned activities to promote their learning, child led free play and organized trips and outings which all encourage the children to develop and learn in fun and interesting ways.
We visit other groups such as childminder toddler groups, story times, community activities and link up with other childminders in the area so children get lots of opportunities to interact with other children.
Routine is very important for a child to feel settled and secure in their environment. We talk to parents before their child starts to establish what routines the child has at home, their likes and dislikes, favourite toys and comforters etc. We try to incorporate these into my general routine for all the children as much as possible. Obviously as your child grows there will be adaptations to these routines and we will discuss these with you regularly. This means we can give a consistent care for your child which will not confuse them with different ideas or disrupt their home routines.
We ask parents if they can provide items personal to the child which they can use for comfort and that gives them something familiar from home when we first care for their child to help them feel happier when settling in with us.
We follow parents’ wishes on how long and when their child sleeps, how they go down to sleep and if they have a dummy or comforter. Sleeping children are regularly checked on and we have camera monitors to watch and listen to them at all times.
Meal times are a very social occasion in the setting and a good opportunity for children to be involved in activities like cooking, preparing food, laying the table and clearing up as well as the enjoyment of sitting together and talking during the meal which is very important for language development.
Our daily routine is a rough guide which is flexible and adapted depending on the ages and stages of development of the children attending that day and also sometimes outside considerations such as groups, get togethers, outings and the weather!
For school age children who we care for before and/or after school parents may want them to have a chill out time and a snack when they first come in from a long day at school or maybe want them to complete homework that they may have been given. Sometimes weather permitting we will stop at a play park on the way home from school so they can let off some energy after being inside most of the day.