Crawley Childminding 2018-01-05T11:31:18+00:00



My name is Christine and I am the owner and founder of Mucky Pups Childminding, offering child care services to Pound Hill and Crawley. I work with an assistant, registered to care for 6 children in the Early years. We are a forest childcare member which means we do lots of learning outside. There are more details about this in my news section.

I live with my husband James and our 4 children in Pound Hill.  We have 3 cats, a dog, a tortoise and lots of indoor and outdoor fish that the children are encouraged to help look after.

I have been a registered childminder since 2006 and am rated OUTSTANDING with OFSTED. I have worked with children for the last 18 years AND hold a level 3 childcare qualification and regularly attend courses to develop my skills and knowledge on all issues child and education related – these include sign language, First Aid, food hygiene, child protection and disability awareness.

I have specialist training and personal experience and knowledge of working with children with a range of disabilities and learning difficulties as well as with children who have English as an additional language.

Forest Child Association
Offstead outstanding
Christine Grant
Christine GrantRegistered Childminder



March 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Mucky Pups Medicines Policy

As a childcare provider I will ensure that I implement an effective procedure to meet the individual needs of a child when administering medicines. In order to achieve this I will do the following:

Keep written records of all medicines administered to children in my care.
Inform parents when a medicine has been administered including the time and dosage.
All medicines will be stored in a cupboard out of all child/rens reach and kept strictly in accordance with the product instructions and in the original container in which it was dispensed.
Medicines should not usually be administered unless they have been prescribed for that child by a doctor, nurse, dentist or pharmacist. Non-prescription medication e.g. pain and fever relief or teething gel  may be administered , but only with prior written consent of the parent and only when there is a health reason to do so.
I will get prior written consent for each day/dosage that I give to the child/ren
If I have a child who has developed a temperature whilst in my care I will contact the parent to come and collect them but use alternative means to bring down their temperature such as stripping them down to underwear, cold compresses etc. until the parent arrives.
If I feel that the child/ren is not responding and it is an emergency situation then I will take them to seek medical attention.
Children that need certain medication that is prescribed such as inhalers – these must have a prescription label on them stating the child’s name, prescribed date and dosage instructions.
The parent/carer to sign the medicines book for each dose.
All medicines must be labelled with the child’s full name
I will obtain prior written permission from parents for each and every medicine to be administered before any medication is given.
I will work in partnership with parents to ensure the correct medication, dosage etc. is given.
If the administration of prescription medicine requires technical/medical knowledge then I will attend training from a qualified health professional. The training should be specific to the child in question.
If any of my staff are involved in the administration of a prescription medicine that requires technical/medical knowledge then I will ensure that they have attended individual training from a health care professional, specific to the child in question.
Prescription medication will only be administered to the child it is prescribed for by a doctor, dentist, nurse or pharmacist.
Non-prescription medication such as pain and fever relief will only be administered with parents’ previous written consent and only when there is a health reason to do so.
I will never administer medicines containing aspirin to a child under the age of 16 unless they have been prescribed by a doctor.
If I do not administer the medicine whilst the child is in my care I will inform parents of who will be responsible for the administration of medicines to their child.
If I have a child in my care with long-term medical needs then I will ensure that I and any co-workers have sufficient information about the child’s medical condition and will work in partnership with parents to assist the administration of any prescribed medication.

Meeting the Early Years Foundation Stage welfare requirements
Safeguarding and promoting children’s welfare –The provider must promote good health of the children, take necessary steps to prevent infection, and take appropriate action when they are ill.

REVIEWD 26-02-18



Mucky Pups Concerns + Complaints Procedure

The EYFS says:

3.74 Providers must put in place a written procedure for dealing with concerns and complaints from parents and/or carers, and must keep a written record of any complaints, and their outcome. Childminders are not required to have a written procedure for handling complaints but they must keep a record of any complaints they receive and their outcome. All providers must investigate written complaints relating to their fulfillment of the EYFS requirements and notify complainants of the outcome of the investigation within 28 days of having received the complaint. The record of complaints must be made available to Ofsted or the relevant childminder agency on request.
3.75 Providers must make available to parents and/or carers details about how to contact Ofsted or the childminder agency with which the provider is registered as appropriate, if they believe the provider is not meeting the EYFS requirements. If providers become aware that they are to be inspected by Ofsted or have a quality assurance visit by the childminder agency, they must notify parents and/or carers. After an inspection by Ofsted or a quality assurance visit by their childminder agency, providers must supply a copy of the report to parents and/or carers of children attending on a regular basis

The Childcare Register says:

CR7.1 Childminders must have a written statement of procedures to be followed in relation to complaints which relate to the requirements of the Childcare Register and which a parent makes in writing or by email.
CR7.2 Childminders must ensure that each complaint is fully investigated.
CR7.3 Childminders must keep a written record, for a period of three years, of these complaints including the outcome of the investigation and the action the provider took in response.
CR7.4 Childminders must inform the parent who made the complaint (in writing or by email if the parent requests this) of the outcome of the complaint, within 28 days of the date the complaint was made.
CR7.5 Childminders must make available to Ofsted, on request, a summary of complaints made in relation to the requirements during the past 12 months and the action that was taken as a consequence.
CR7.6 Childminders must produce for Ofsted, on request, a list of such complaints made during the previous three years.
CR 9.1 Childminders must make the following information available to parents:
· copies of the written statements of safeguarding procedures and complaints procedures.

As a registered childminder I aim to work in close partnership with all parents, to meet the needs of their children.
If there is any aspect of my service that you are not happy with would you please bring it to my attention. This could be done verbally and every effort will be made to resolve the issue through frank and open discussion. If you prefer, you can put the complaint formally in writing or by email to me.
( akeararoxy@hotmail.com)
I also have a Complaints / Compliments Record book which is available to record any complaints / compliments you may have. I will keep a written record of all complaints. It will remain confidential unless an Ofsted inspector asks to see it.

I will record the following:
1. Name of the person making the complaint.
2. The welfare requirement(s) to which the complaint relates.
3. The nature of the complaint.
4. Date and time of the complaint.
5. Action taken in response to the complaint.
6. The outcome of the complaint investigation (for example the ways the service has improved).
7. Details of the information and findings that were given to the person making the complaint (which should have been provided to them within 28 days if on Early Years Register, 20 days if on the child care register), including any action taken.

I will contact my Local Area Designated Officer (LADO) for Safeguarding and Allegations Management in the event of an allegation being made against a member of staff,  I have put the details below.
The LADO for West Sussex County Council is Lindsey Tunbridge-Adams
Tel: 0330 222 3339         Email: Lindsey.Tunbridge-Adams@westsussex.gov.uk

The Assistant LADO is Claire Coles
Tel: 0330 222 3339         Email: Claire.Coles@westsussex.gov.uk

Address: Safeguarding in Education and Allegations Management Team,  Room 24, Durban House,  Durban Road, Bognor Regis, PO22  9RE.

I will also keep a summary of the complaint to provide on request to any parent of a child for whom I act as a childminder and Ofsted. This summary will not include the name of the person making the complaint.

Records will be kept for 10 years.
If the Parent was still dissatisfied and felt the need to take their complaint further they can contact Ofsted directly via

Email: enquiries@Ofsted.gov.uk
Tel: 0300 123 123 1
The National Business Unit
Piccadilly Gate
Store Street
M1 2WD

C.Grant Mucky Pups Childminding. Reviewd 26-02-18


Mucky Pups Fees Policy

Fees are to be paid weekly or monthly and are at the moment billed in arrears, I may suspend childcare and/or add late fees if payments are late.
Full fees are due when you go on holiday. This will ensure the place remains open for your child.
A weeks fees is taken as a deposit upon signing contracts, this is deducted from your first months bill. The deposit is non-refundable should the place not be taken. If for any reason we are not able to take your child after contracts have been signed we will refund your deposit in full.
Fees can be paid via cash, standing order, cheque, bank transfer or employer voucher scheme. If a standing order fails cash will be needed the next day to settle the bill otherwise late fees may be applied.
There is no fee to be paid when the setting is closed due to my illness.
I have 1 weeks holiday at Christmas which is payable according to the amount of days your child attends up to a maximum of 5 days.
All other holiday taken on my account is unpaid
If your child is collected earlier than the contracted time or dropped off later than the contracted time then full fees still apply.
It is vital that children are collected at the agreed time; please call or text if you are going to be late. Collecting your child late could mean that I go over the numbers set out in the statutory framework and could have serious repercussions.
All contracted hours must be paid for in full regardless of attendance. Extra booked hours can be available at our discretion
Parents are required to give 4 weeks written notice if their children are to leave our setting. Full payment of fees will be due for this period.
Fees include meals, snacks and trips to local playgroups, parks and farms. If we go on a large outing outside of Sussex, parents may need to contribute towards to the cost of the outing. If you wish for your child not to join us on outings further afield then that days fees will still need to be paid.


Child/ Parent holiday = Full Fee
Childminder holiday= No Fee except for 1 week ( 5 days max ) at Christmas
Occasional days off-Child/parent=Full Fee
Occasional days off-Childminder=No Fee

Bank Holidays
If Bank Holidays are a day your child normally attends they are payable in full however I do not work bank holidays so the setting will be closed but you will still be charged.

Ÿ Child/Parent= Full Fee
Ÿ Childminder= No Fee

Late Payment
A £5 per day Late Payment fee will be added if fees are not received on the date/day named on the contract. I reserve the right to suspend care or terminate the contract with immediate effect if your bill becomes more that 5 days overdue. If you are having problems paying it is better to be upfront so we can come to some arrangement rather than me taking legal advice and you possibly facing court action.

What Does My Money Pay For?
So what exactly is included in my hourly fee?
Warm, welcoming and safe environment,
My personal time and care
Use of toys and equipment
Child’s daily diary – 0 to 3 years
Time spent planning activities and themes
Time spent observing children and completing reports
Time spent attending training courses in evenings and weekends to ensure up-to-date knowledge of childcare and best practice
Time preparing items ready for arts and crafts, baking, etc
Shopping for supplies
First Aid
Time planning for meeting Early Years Foundation Stage
Wear and tear to home and belongings
Increased home insurance and car insurance.
Ofsted annual fee
Registration with the Information Commissioners Office
Public liability insurance and professional membership fees.
Registered food business
Fees for toddler group
Entry fees to play centres
Purchase of arts and crafts materials
Purchase of new toys and equipment such as high chairs and outside play equipment.
Purchase of foods and drink for lunch and snacks,
Purchase of cooking, baking ingredients,
Purchase of administrative items,
Time spent completing Early Years Foundation degree/other training
Anything that is left is used for my wages ☺



Mucky Pups Child Protection and Welfare Policy / procedure.
( before sept 2016 was known as safeguarding policy)

I am aware and compliant with the new Prevent Duty Guidance and will continue to update my policies when the Local Authority advise me of changes to their procedures.


As a childminder my first responsibility and priority is towards the children in my care.
I will protect and safeguard all children from all types of abuse and neglect.

To do this I have a responsibility to consider the wellbeing of all children who attend the setting. This means we are aware of the things we see and hear from the chid that might indicate they are at risk of harm. In most situations any matter of concern will be discussed with you as the parent / carer. we recognise these are difficult conversations to have but we will raise the concerns with you as we know the wellbeing and safety of your child is important.

Every child will be encouraged to develop a sense of autonomy and independence though making their own choices and in finding names for their own feelings and acceptable ways to express themselves. This will enable the child to have the self-confidence and the vocabulary to resist inappropriate approaches.

I work together with parents to make sure the care of their child is consistent. Please see my Working with Parents policy. Parents are also expected to notify me of any concerns they have about their child and any accidents / incidents or injuries affecting their child. This information is recorded.

The Children Act 2004 and Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 define safeguarding and promoting children and young people’s welfare as:
• Protecting children from maltreatment
• Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
• Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care, and
• Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

Child protection is the activity undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.
Safeguarding action may be needed to protect children (and parents) from:
• Neglect
• Physical abuse
• Sexual abuse
• Emotional abuse
• Bullying, including online bullying and prejudice-based bullying
• Racist, disability and homophobic or transphobic abuse
• Gender-based violence/violence against women and girls
• Radicalisation and/or extremist behaviour
• Child sexual exploitation (CSE) and trafficking – CSE is illegal activity by people who have some form of power and control over children and use it to sexually abuse them. It involves forcing or enticing a child (under the age of 18) to take part in sexual activities whether or not the child is aware of what is happening, including exploitative situations, contexts and relationships where children (or a third person or persons) receive ‘something’ (e.g. food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, affection, gifts, money) as a result of performing, and/or others performing on them, sexual activities. CSE can be a form of organised or complex abuse, involving a number of abusers and/or a number of children.
• CSE can occur through use of technology without the child’s immediate recognition, for example the persuasion to post sexual images on the internet/mobile phones with no immediate payment or gain. In all cases those exploiting the child/young person have power over them by virtue of their age, gender, intellect, physical strength and/or economic or other resources.

• Honour Based Abuse (HBA), including Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Forced Marriage (FM)
Honour Based Abuse (HBA) is violence and abuse in the name of honour, covering a variety of behaviours (including crimes), mainly but not exclusively against females, where the person is being punished by their family and/or community for a perceived transgression against the ‘honour’ of the family or community, or is required to undergo certain activities or procedures in ‘honour’ of the family.
• Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a collective term for illegal procedures which include the removal of part/all external female genitalia for cultural or other non-therapeutic reasons. The practice is not required by any religion. It is painful, medically unnecessary and has serious health consequences at the time it is carried out and in later life. The procedure is typically performed on girls of any age, but is also performed on new born girls and on young women before marriage/pregnancy. A number of girls die as a direct result of the procedure, from blood loss or infection. FGM may be practised illegally by doctors or traditional health workers in the UK, or girls may be taken abroad for the operation.
• A Forced Marriage (FM) “is a marriage conducted without the valid consent of both parties, where duress is a factor” (’A Choice by Right’ HM Government 2000).
• The impact of new technologies on sexual behaviour, for example, sexting
• Teenage relationship abuse
• Substance misuse
• Issues that may be specific to a local area or population, for example gang activity and youth violence
• Domestic violence
• Fabricated or induced illness
• Poor parenting, particularly in relation to babies and young children
• Other issues not listed here but that pose a risk to children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Faith or belief based Child abuse ( Added March 2017 )
I am aware of the smaller signs and indicators of this sort of abuse and will implement my policy and procedure in the same way as other cases of abuse.
I have researched this type of abuse and studied the cases of Victoria Climb ( in 2000 ) and 15 year old Kristy Bamu in 2010.

New guidance on child sexual exploitation (02.2017) –

The new definition states –

“Child sexual exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse. It occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity (a) in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or (b) for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator.

The victim may have been sexually exploited even if the sexual activity appears consensual. Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology.”


If I have any cause for concern I will report it, following the local Safeguarding Children Board procedures in England. (The relevant local procedures that are held by me are available on request.)
This means I will contact MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub) in West Sussex. They will make a decision as to whether the concern warrants further assessment or investigation. MASH is the first point of contact with children social work services.

In very rare circumstances and where children are seen to be at risk of immediate harm we may contact MASH without having first spoken to you and gained agreement.
If I am concerned about a child’s welfare, I may contact the local authority, the NSPCC, PACEY or other relevant support services for advice, providing this does not affect confidentiality.

Child protection concerns that could identify a particular child are kept confidential and only shared with people who need to know this information.

If I notice:
significant changes in behaviour
unexpected bruising or marks
any comments made which give me cause for concern
deterioration in general wellbeing which causes concern

I will implement the local Safeguarding Children Board procedures in England, without delay.

The national standards for registered childminders in England require me to let Ofsted know of any concerns that I have reported without delay.

If a child tells me that they or another child is being abused, I will:
show that I have heard what they are saying, and that I take their allegations seriously
encourage the child to talk, but I will not prompt them or ask them leading questions. I will not interrupt when a child is recalling significant events and will not make a child repeat their account
explain what actions I must take, in a way that is appropriate to the age and understanding of the child
write down what I have been told using exact words where possible
make a note of the date, time, place and people who were present at the discussion
then report my concerns immediately to the duty social worker who has the experience and responsibility to make an assessment of the situation.

In all instances I will record:
the child’s full name and address
the date and time of the record
factual details of the concern, for example bruising, what the child said, who was present
details of any previous concerns
details of any explanations from the parents
any action taken such as speaking to parents.

Ways in which I implement my policy

If a child’s condition or behaviour gives me cause for concern, the child will be listened to, reassured and helped to understand that they themselves are valued and respected and have not been at fault.

Any observations I have of a child’s:

physical condition ( unexplained bruising or marks)
appearance ( including deteriation in general wellbeing)
inappropriate use of language,
significant changes in behaviour
any comments made which give me cause for concern,

will be recorded in a specific and confidential record.

The record will include:

the child’s age, full name and address
the date and exact time of the record and observations
factual details of the concern, for example bruising, what the child said and who was present (describing objectively the child’s behaviour, appearance, without comment or interpretation, where possible, the exact spoken words of the child.)
details of any previous concerns
details of any explanations from the parents
any action taken such as speaking to parents.

I will implement the local Safeguarding Children Board procedures in England, as detailed above in my procedure without delay to minimise any risk to the child.

It is not my responsibility to attempt to investigate the situation myself.

To avoid unnecessary concern, it is important that you inform me of any injury that is visible on your child/ren (accidental or non-accidental) that happened when they were not in my care. This will be recorded in the Accident, Incident and Medication Book and a carbon copy will be given to you. This is to safeguard you, your child/ren, myself and my family.


I keep up to date with child protection issues and relevant legislation by taking regular training courses through PACEY or other well known training providers . I also spend a lot of time reading relevant publications for example, Who Minds and nursery world along with safeguarding websites relevant to West Sussex. I make sure that I am on the mailing list with my Local Authority for any changes / updates that might arise.
I have copies of, and am familiar with, the local Safeguarding Children Board procedures in England.
I have a copy of the relevant booklets and guidance (as outlined in the PACEY booklet Safeguarding Children: a Guide for Childminders), I have read them and understand them and make sure that every six months I check that I have the latest version of the relevant procedures (or any documents that may replace them in the future).

Allegations against my staff , my family or myself

i MUST notify Ofsted of any allegations of abuse which are alleged to have taken place while the child is in my care. I will also contact my insurance company and PACEY for advice and support.

To prevent allegations of abuse being made against myself, my staff and my family I have the following procedure in place:

Ensuring all household members over 16 are CRB/DBS checked
Any visitors to the house no matter how long I have known them and no matter how long they are on the premises MUST sign in and out of the visitors book and will not be left alone with the children.
Ensuring any visitors to the house does not have unsupervised access to the children under any circumstances. Any regular visitors to the setting will be required to undertake a DBS check.
Ensure any member of staff is deemed suitable to work on the premises by Ofsted which will include undertaking a DBS check.
Ensuring, where possible, that no work persons are in the house during minded hours, unless it is to repair equipment which is vital to our working day such as the heating or on health and safety grounds
Document every accident and incident that occurs whilst in our care, informing parents and requesting them to sign records of which they will be given a copy.
Noting any marks on the children when they arrive and asking parents to inform us of any accidents that have occurred whilst outside our care.
Ensuring children are supervised at all times
All children under 3 have a detailed daily diary
Keeping accurate records on each child.

If an allegation is received against us then we will:
Immediately pass the allegation to Ofsted and the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) Claire Coles on 03302 223339
Encourage the person making the allegation to independently pass on their concerns to Ofsted
That it is not our responsibility, as childminders, to investigate the matter or to attempt to establish if the allegation is true.
Obtain written details of the allegation, signed and dated by the person receiving the complaint or the allegation. We will then countersign and date the written details. A copy will be placed into our complaints record.
Record any other information about times, dates and location of incident(s) and names of any potential witnesses
Record discussions about the child and/or adult, any decisions made, and the reasons for those decisions.
Ofsted may close the setting pending investigation, in this case we will inform parents as soon as possible and they may need to seek alternative care.
If an allegation of abuse if made against a member of my household, another child in my care or a regular visitor to my home, we will follow the procedure above and
Ask the person against whom the allegation has been made to leave the premises and not return during Childminding hours until the allegation has been investigated. Depending on the accusation Ofsted may close the setting while investigations take place.
If the allegation is against our child, they will be asked to stay in their rooms and not come downstairs during Childminding hours until the allegation has been investigated. Depending on the severity of the accusation Ofsted may close the setting.
Aim to provide support to all parties throughout the subsequent investigation
An unfounded allegation against another child/adult will result in the child/adult being re-introduced into the Childminding environment
A founded allegation against another child/adult will result in them not returning to the Childminding environment at any time – I will use Police support to ensure this happens if necessary

If an unfounded allegation is made against us as Childminders, against a member of our staff, or our family then we reserve the right to terminate the contract with immediate effect.
Please feel free to ask any questions or discuss this policy if you need to.

The Prevent Duty
Childminders and assistants should be aware of the Prevent Duty which is a safeguarding responsibility on all childcare providers and schools, to protect children/teenagers from being radicalised into a criminal act of violence, or from being affected by the radicalisation of those around them (such as being taken by a parent to Syria). As with managing other safeguarding risks, there isn’t a single way of identifying an individual who is being radicalised; but causes of concern could be, for example, someone who is viewing extreme, violent propaganda online, or expressing extremist views which may lead to an act of terrorism.
It is my responsibility to know how to refer someone who may be vulnerable to radicalisation, or the effect of radicalisation, and know how to respond. I will be alert to changes in children’s behaviour or circumstances which could indicate that they may be in need of help or protection. I understand that extremist ideology, leading to acts of violence, can be promoted by far right ideologies as well as from ISIL (also known as ISIS or Da’eesh.

In respect of the Prevent Duty and in keeping with the ethos of the EYFS, I will promote British Values, which are:

the rule of law
individual liberty
mutual respect
tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
I will actively promote fundamental British Values as required by the prevent duty in an age appropriate way, ensuring that children; learn right from wrong, mix and share with other children, value other’s views, know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and can question or challenge negative attitudes and stereotypes in others.
I comply with the EYFS 2017 requirement 3.7 “providers must have regard to the ‘prevent duty guidance for England and Wales’ 2015. Footnote 16 states: ‘The 2015 Counter Terroism and security Act places a duty on early years providers “to have regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terroism” (the prevent duty): www.gov.uk/government/publications/protecting-children-from-radicalisation-the-prent-duty.
I have undertaken training on Prevent Duty and have read and understood the government publication on how to recognise a terroist threat.
I understand who I should contact should i have any concerns about a child being drawn into terroism or radicalisation.

Peer on Peer abuse – added September 2016

We recognise that children and young people are capable of abusing their peers. Peer on peer abuse relates to situations such as sexual exploitation, gang violence, financial abuse, coercive control and exploitative relationships.
We want all children to feel safe here and as part of our commitment to keep them safe, we will regularly observe children interactions and aim to be approachable so they they will speak to us if they are concerned about any aspects of their relationships with others. Parents know that they can contact us at any mutually convenient time to discuss concerns their children might have at home.
Staff at mucky Pups will receive annual safeguarding updates. This might include checking online for updated safeguarding information, asking their LA for updates, it may include refresher courses too. All staff have copies of “working together to safeguard children” and “what to do if you are worried a child is being abused”

Useful Numbers:

National Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) helpline
This helpline for children and young people is manned 24 hours a day and 7 days each week by experienced and specially trained staff and volunteers who will offer to share information with the Police.
The helpline number is 116 000.

Additional Notes on Mobile Phones and Camera’s.

I take photos of the children in my care on my mobile phone to send to the parents, to record events and to use along side observations. These are transferred from my phone daily and deleted off the phones memory but are then saved on to my laptop which is password protected. I am registered with the ICO to allow me to save these and also have full parental permission for the taking and storing of photographs. Once a child leaves the setting all photos are deleted and any hard copies in their learning journals are handed to parents to keep unless their parents wishes to sign a permission form allowing me to keep hard copies of their children to use for promotional purposes on my website / facebook page and in photographs displayed in my setting.

I have permission from parents to name their child in other children group observations and to include joint observations of their child in the other childs journal. I feel recognising and seeing who their child is playing alongside is very important to a parent and joint observations are a great way to show their social and communication skills.

I also have an online social network account on Facebook for my business under Mucky pups childminding. Again photos of children in my care are only added to this site with parental permission.

Meeting the Early Years Foundation Stage (welfare requirements) for childminding (England)

Safeguarding children: “The children Act 1989 and the Early Years Foundation Stage state that “the registered person must comply with local child protection procedures approved by the local safeguarding children Boards and ensures that all adults working and looking after children in the provision are able to put the procedures into place”

Safeguarding and promoting children’s welfare

The welfare requirements within the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage require providers to take the necessary steps to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in their care. In particular they are required to implement an effective safeguarding children policy.
The provider must ensure that anyone working with them understands the safeguarding children policy and procedure.

Providers should follow the guidelines set out in the booklet “what to do if you’re worried a child is being abused” produced by the Department for children, schools and families (DCSF)

Other important policies relating to safeguarding / child protection and staff are as follows:

Whistle Blowing
Physical intervention
Anti bullying / positive behaviour
Managing allergies
Nappy changing
Food and drink
Health and Safety
Mobile phones and cameras


Welcome to the West Sussex Safeguarding Children Board



Mucky Pups Behaviour Policy

The EYFS says:
3.52. Providers are responsible for managing children’s behaviour in an appropriate way. Providers must not give corporal punishment to a child. Providers must take all reasonable steps to ensure that corporal punishment is not given by any person who cares for or is in regular contact with a child, or by any person living or working in the premises where care is provided. Any early years provider who fails to meet these requirements commits an offence. A person will not be taken to have used corporal punishment (and therefore will not have committed an offence), where physical intervention was taken for the purposes of averting immediate danger of personal injury to any person (including the child) or to manage a child’s behaviour if absolutely necessary. Providers, including childminders, must keep a record of any occasion where physical intervention is used, and parents and/or carers must be informed on the same day, or as soon as reasonably practicable. 3.53. Providers must not threaten corporal punishment, and must not use or threaten any punishment which could adversely affect a child’s well-being.

The Childcare Register says:
CR 1.5 Childminders and home childcarers must ensure that they do not use corporal punishment.
CR 1.6 Childminders must ensure that no person caring for children, or living or working on the premises where the childcare is provided, uses corporal punishment.
CR 6.2 Childminders and home childcarers must ensure that children’s behaviour is managed in a suitable manner.

The named practitioner for managing behaviour in this setting is myself Christine Grant

I ask parents to:

· Work with me to promote positive behaviour
· Understand that this is still my home and should be treated with respect
· Let me know if anything is bothering your child
· Agree a plan with me should your child begin to bite any other children, all incidents of biting will be logged on an incident form for both sets of parents/carers (biter and bitten child)
· Model positive behaviour when with your child

I will:

· Follow the EYFS Statutory framework with regards to corporal punishment
· Record any physical intervention that is carried out to prevent injury or damage as highlighted in EYFS 3.51. A form will be completed which parents will be required to sign. A copy will be given on request.
· Promote positive behaviour at all times
· Be realistic in our expectations of children.
· Be consistent in our approach to promoting positive behaviour
· Use positive reinforcement to demonstrate acceptable behaviour
· Asking older children to be good role models

All children and adults are treated with equal concern and are made to feel welcome in my home. I aim to offer a quality childcare service for parents and children. I recognise the need to set out reasonable and appropriate limits to help manage the behaviour of children in my care.

By providing a happy, well-maintained environment, the children in my care will be encouraged to develop social skills to help them be accepted and welcome in society as they grow up.

I do not, and will not, administer physical punishment or any form of punishment with the intention of causing pain or discomfort, nor any kind of humiliating or hurtful treatment to any child in my care.

I endorse positive discipline as a more effective way of setting limits for children.


I keep up to date with behaviour management issues and relevant legislation by taking regular training and by reading relevant publications, such as Who Minds?

All parents receive a copy of my Behaviour Policy.

I agree methods to manage children’s behaviour with parents before the placement starts. These are discussed with parents during initial visits before the contract is signed to ensure appropriate care can be provided.

Wherever possible I try to meet parents’ requests for the care of their children according to their values and practices. Records of these requirements are agreed and kept attached to the child record forms. These records are revisited and updated during regular reviews with parents.

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 offer regular review meetings with parents to discuss their child’s care and any issues or concerns, preferably when the child is not present. If I do not share the same first language as the child’s parent, I will take action to facilitate effective communication. This may include seeking guidance from the local early years team.

I work together with parents to make sure there is consistency in the way the children are cared for. A consistent approach benefits the child’s welfare and makes sure that the child is not confused.

I will only physically intervene, and possibly restrain, a child to prevent an accident, such as a child running into the road, or to prevent an injury or damage.

All significant incidents are recorded in an incident book and will be shared and discussed with the parents of the child concerned so that together we can work to resolve any behavioural issues.

From time to time children will have difficulty learning to deal with their emotions and feelings and this is a normal part of child development. I will acknowledge these feelings and try to help children to find constructive solutions in liaison with their parents.

Distracting and re-directing children’s activities are used as a way of discouraging unwanted behaviour.

I encourage responsibility by talking to children about choices and possible consequences.

I aim to be firm and consistent so that children know and feel secure in the boundaries I set.

I will respond positively to children who constantly seek attention or are disruptive.

I will ensure children maintain their self esteem by showing I disapprove of the behaviour not the child

If I have concerns about a child’s behaviour, which are not being resolved, I will ask for permission from the parents to talk it through with another childcare professional. I may contact either PACEY, the NSPCC, health visitor or the local early years team (or other relevant advice service) for confidential advice.

Concerns that could identify a particular child are kept confidential and only shared with people who need to know this information.

C.Grant Mucky Pups Childminding. Reviewd 26-02-18

Information for parents carers on Behaviour management:

Positive discipline means:

Rewarding good behaviour. Because rewards are constructive, they encourage further effort. Punishment is destructive – it humiliates the children and makes them feel powerless.

Encouraging self-discipline and respect for others. Because children need to grow into people who behave well even when there’s no one to tell them what to do.

Setting realistic limits according to age and stage of development. Because as children grow and develop our expectations of them change.

Setting a good example. Because young children take more notice of how we are and what we say.

Encouragement, not orders and instructions. Because “Do as your told” teaches nothing for next time. Positive discipline means explaining why.

Being consistent – saying no and meaning no. Because children need to know where they stand and it helps if they know that we mean what we say.

Praise, appreciation and attention. Because when children are used to getting attention with good behaviour, they won’t seek it by misbehaving.

Building children’s self esteem. Shaming, scolding, hurting and humiliating children can lead to even worse behaviour. Attention, approval and praise can build self-esteem, a child who feels valued is more likely to behave well.

You might include a statement in your policy showing how you encourage appropriate behaviour, such as the example below.

I encourage appropriate behaviour by:

Setting a good example, I aim to be a positive role model as children copy what they see. Children learn values and behaviour from adults.

I readily praise, approve and reward wanted behaviour, such as sharing, to encourage it to be repeated. Using praise helps to show that I value the child and it helps to build their self esteem.

I praise children to their parents and other people when they have behaved as expected.

I try to be consistent when saying “no” and explain reasons why it is not appropriate and considered unwanted behaviour.

My expectations are flexible and realistic and are adjusted to the age, level of understanding, maturity and stage of development of the child.

I try to involving children in setting and agreeing house rules.

House rules:
We take off our outside shoes when we go in to the house to keep the house clean.
We do not swear, call each other names, fight or deliberately hurt anyone else.
We eat and drink at the table or in the high chair to help keep the house clean and to avoid accidents.
We keep the air free from smoke.
We are kind to each other and the pets.
We take care of the toys, furniture and other equipment.

Children are guided away from doing things which:
are dangerous or hurtful or offensive to someone else
are dangerous to the child
will make the child unwelcome or unacceptable to other people
damage other people’s property.

I help the children understand my house rules, which are realistic and I am consistent in the enforcing of them.

I am aware of the different reasons why children misbehave and will endeavour to keep to routines so that your child feels safe and is not over tired or hungry.

However all children will misbehave at sometime. I have developed several different strategies on how to deal with a child misbehaving and use different ones depending on the age/stage of ability of the child and the situation:

Distraction. Remove the child from the situation and give them an alternative activity.
Ignore. Depending on the situation I may ignore the bad behaviour as I feel it is being done to get a reaction.
Discuss with Child. If the child is able to understand I will discuss their behaviour and try and get them to appreciate the consequences of their actions on others. I inform that that it is their behaviour that I do not like not them.
Time Out. Removing the child from the activity and sitting them quietly for a few minutes

I will never smack, shake or hurt your child. I will not humiliate your child.

If a child misbehaves I will let you know by either writing it in their contact book or by ringing you later after collection. Some children can become upset if the incident is retold in front of them. I will also inform you of how the matter was dealt with. In most cases the matter will not require any further action, punishing a child hours after an incident achieves nothing but confusion and upset.

If you have any concerns regarding the managing of your child’s behaviour, please do not hesitate to contact me. It is important that we work together on managing behaviour in order not to confuse your child.

C.Grant Mucky Pups Childminding. Reviewd 26-02-18


GDPR – Privacy Notice

March 7th, 2018|0 Comments

Mucky Pups Childminding
23 Marvell Close
Pound Hill
RH10 3AL

Parent Notice – GDPR – Privacy Notice
Written by Christine Grant

Dear Parents,
From May 2018, to comply with new EU legislation (called GDPR) which is replacing the Data Protection Act I am required to share this privacy notice with you which will inform you about the information I need to keep from all of you, why I need it, how it will be stored and what it will be used for. I will also explain how it will be deleted from my files when it is no longer needed.

You have a right to view any information I hold about your child or family and make changes or corrections where necessary.

I ( Christine Grant ) am the nominated data handler and am registered with the Information Commissioners Office.Registration number Z3080574 and all staff have been provided with GDPR training.

An audit of all data collected has been carried out and any duplicated information or information not required to fulfil our role as early years providers has been removed.

Things I need to know

This includes all information collected whether its online data processing or paper data.
I will not ask for more information than is required by the EYFS and other statutory and guidance documents produced by the DFE and OFSTED.
I will need to ask questions about a child’s home learning and family circumstances to enable me to support their learning in my provision. I need the full name, date of birth, home address and the names of parental responsibility because it is required by the EYFS.
I need to see your child’s red book because the Local Authority require me to add information about their 2 year progress check.
For funded children I need to see a copy of your child’s birth certificate / passport as this is a requirement on the funding paperwork.

Local Authority Paperwork

Parents who are eligible to claim for 15 or 30 hours governments funded childcare are required to complete a Local Authority “Free Early Education Entitlement Parent Declaration Form” The form includes identifiers such as parents name and National insurance number and the childs personal details and characteristics such as ethnic group.

Why I need this information

The information I request from you about your child is because it is a requirement of the Early Years Foundation Stage and it is required by OFSTED.
In cases where safeguarding issues are raised the information will be shared with the Local Safeguarding Childrens board, Social Services, the police and medical personnel. If your child is seriously injured or ill when with us we will share necessary information with emergency services.
Where your child attends another setting or works with an agency we will share, as required by the Early Years Foundation Stage, only the information needed to support your childs safety, wellbeing, learning and development.
We do not share information or pass on details to any other agencies without your permission.
For more details on the information I am requested to hold please see the Eyes 2017 and the Childcare register 2016.

How it is stored and what it is used for
Any information collected about your child is stored in a locked filing cabinet that only I have access to. The filing cabinet is in the garage which is alarmed.
Anything that is saved digitally for example photographs, are saved in encrypted files on a password protected Macbook air. The macbook is kept safe at my home address and never gets taken away from the property. The macbook is secured with Antivirus software and is password protected.
I will remind any agency / provider with whom I share information that they must keep it safe and delete it when no longer required.

Visiting our website

My website contains links to other websites, I have checked the websites as much as is practical but I cannot be held responsible for whether the links work or the information contained in those websites.


I use Outlook to process emails and so I keep a copy of your email address in my computer to allow me to process emails quickly.


I use whatsapp to send photos of your children to you. We therefore keep a copy of your mobile number in my phones phonebook to allow me to send these texts and pictures.

What if data is lost / stolen

The GDPR requires me to report the loss within 72 hours to the Information Commissioners Office. So for example if my home is burgled and my computer stolen I will inform both you as parents and the ICO immediately.

Document Retention

Information relating to my self employed accounts are retained for 6 years as required by the HMRC

How will it be deleted

Any data collected is not held for any longer than is legally required by the EYFS.
Photographs are deleted when your child leaves unless permission has been given on the contract termination form for us to keep them on our webpage / brochure. This permission can be withdrawn at any time.
Paperwork and printed photographs are shredded and digital media is erased and the task can emptied.
Safeguarding and welfare information about your child including registers will be held until your child is 21 years and 3 months old for insurance purposes and to comply with the EYFS and childcare register.
Any learning and development information that I hold to comply with the EYFS will be sent to you or on to your childs next setting / school and then deleted from Tapestry.

Making a complaint

A complaint can be made to OFSTED about my service at any time. Ofsted can be contacted on email enquiries@ofsted.gov.uk by phone 03001231231 or by post to Piccadilly gate, store street, Manchester M1 2WD

Alternatively you can complain directly to me on email akeararoxy@hotmail.com, phone 07595503814 or to my setting address 23 Marvell close, Crawley, RH10 3AL

If we receive a complaint we are required by the EYFS to record details of the complaint and to retain the information andand share it with OFSTED. The details of the complaint must be made available to OFSTED as required by the EYFS.

Complaining to ICO

If you are concerned that a data breach has been made you can contact the ICO at https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/report-a-breach/

Changes to this privacy notice

I will review this privacy notice annually and as required

Completed 05-03-2018



Here at Mucky Pups Child minding we have a dedicated playroom which is full of fun and stimulating toys, games and resources that the children are free to self select from. The children’s photos and art work are displayed and help to provide a welcoming atmosphere for each child.

Outside we have a  large fully equipped garden with a mud kitchen and a bug hotel that the children help to look after and we also have lots of areas dedicated to wildlife. We have a raised pond protected by a metal grid which has a number of fish in it that the children are encouraged to help look after.

We have an allotment plot which we spend a lot of time at as well growing our own vegetables.

We have a double level outdoor play frame and lots of garden toys and resources such as a climbing wall, slide, goal post, sand and water tables, bikes, scooters and a play house.

We have an astro turf area in the garden so that the children can access the outdoor play space no matter what the weather without the worry of slipping over and getting too muddy.

As well as providing for children’s basic needs for food, drink, rest and comfort I plan activities to give children the opportunity  to develop whatever their age, gender, race, language or ability. I believe children learn best through play and when they are having fun and I hope to enable  them to develop both physically and creatively.

Children develop at different rates so I will try to make activities appropriate to age and ability. Any routines established will be driven by the children’s needs and will be flexible to allow for spontaneity. Below is a description of the sorts of things we get up to as part of our weekly play planner.

In mornings we often go on outings to visit other childminders in Crawley, to parks and play centres such as the Children’s Centre, on nature walks to feed the ducks, and to musical groups for toddlers.  In bad weather, we will often stay indoors and play some active games to get a bit of exercise. While at playgroups, we join in with a lot of singing and dancing activities, and wherever we are we make sure to have snack time to keep energy up for the rest of the day!

If the weather is nice at lunch time we will have a picnic in the park or garden, otherwise we sit together at the table. After lunch, the younger children have a nap or rest to keep them fresh for the afternoon’s activities.

Afternoons are generally spent at my setting, taking part in a variety of activities. These include artistic paintings, making collages and sand pictures, playing with musical instruments, making models using boxes, tubes and lots of tape, and acting using role playing. We also learn a lot, including exploring numbers, shapes and sizes for mathematical skills, using ICT resources like the tablet, looking at nature (minibeasts and the weather in particular), reading to develop English language skills, and we play games about sharing, taking turns and routines to teach manners and politeness.

We also play games and have fun, making dens under tables, playing with outdoor toys in the garden, playing with sensory toys in the treasure basket, pretending to cook meals, using bikes, balls, tents and tunnels in the garden, and playing with small world toys like cars, trains and toy animals.

I use the whole of my downstairs for minding. The rooms are as follows:

Entrance hall which has our shoe, bag, coat etc storage room. There is also a downstairs cloakroom which has a toilet and wash basin as well as 2 different types of step stools and a toilet seat. If/When I have potty training children I would also have a potty in there.

The hall also leads into the kitchen (which when necessary is shut off with a stair gate) The kitchen is where children help prepare meals, snacks and we do baking etc fully supervised.

The lounge has sofas for reading and quiet time as well as a television, kinnect (computer system) Laptop point and a music system for music and movement session.

In the dining room we have the dining table where the children eat their meals and which is also used to complete homework or large craft activities. We have a large fish tank in here that the children enjoy spending time looking at and helping look after. We grow lots of baby fish in here.

The playroom is where most of the resources are kept, though children are encouraged to choose the resource they want and play wherever they feel comfortable. There is also a small table and stools in there.

We also go outside daily whatever the weather, this could be just into the garden (which has lots of resources in a play matted safe and secure area) or we go to the park, on nature trails, the library toddler groups, ball pits play centres etc. We also make weekly visits to local places of interest, farms, play centres, national trust parks etc. The children have lots of opportunities to be in social situations at local playgroups and at the drop in centres we attend.

Daily routine at Mucky Pups Child minding:
Arrival time
Free play 8am-9am
Morning including snack
Outing Activity
Free play 12:30pm-1pm
Rest time
Themed activity
Tidy up time
Music and movement
Reading time 2:30pm-3:30pm
Free play 4:45pm-5:15pm
Dinner time
Home time

Packing bags – Please can we remind you that we need to find the following items in your child’s bag:

 Your child’s diary – under 3s only and older children on request.

  At least one complete change of clothes for your child, suitable for the current weather conditions. This might include extra layers in the winter months and t-shirts and shorts in the summer.

  If your child is toilet training we will need AT LEAST three pairs of trousers/leggings, pants/knickers and spare tops – and please don’t forget socks.

  4 or 5 disposable nappies – we try to keep a few spare here so we do not run out.  We change children mid morning, after lunch, mid afternoon and before leaving at the end of the day and need extra in case of soiling at other times.

  Please throw in a pack of baby wipes once a month. We go through them like water and really should have shares in the companies which make them.

  Nappy cream if you want us to use it on your child. We can keep it here in a labelled tube if you prefer. We are advised against using pots because of the risk of cross contamination.

  A small plastic bag in which we can place any soiled or wet clothing for you to take home and wash.

  Appropriate food if you want us to give your food. If you are sending meat please let us know by labelling the pot so we can make sure it is heated appropriately and given time to cool before serving. We supply all cutlery and crockery but will use yours if you wish.

  Sun cream for all sunny days – this must be labelled with your child’s name, date of birth and date of purchase. Please note that most sun creams only last for 1 year (you will see a picture of a lid with 12M on the back) and then need to be discarded.

  If you think your child might need infant Paracetamol such as Calpol during the day or you think they are teething and might need medication, please remember that we must have written permission from you before it is administered. If you do not send paracetamol and your child’s temperature rises, we are required to ring you and ask you to collect your child – we cannot administer medication not pre-signed for and supplied by you.

  Any other medication such as inhalers will be labelled, stored securely and administered through the day as required by your child, following your instructions.

  Please look out for notes in your child’s bag when we need medication updated or replaced.Some parents like to send slippers or slipper socks for their child. These are welcomed but please check they are non-slip first because our floors are mostly wood and if children run in some makes of socks they slide around!

  Your child will also need a suitable coat and other bits and bobs such as gloves, hats and scarves through the winter months. In summer we find lightweight pack-a-mac style coats work well and we always have blankets and buggy snuggles in case it gets cooler during the day (for the non-walkers). In winter please provide a thicker warm waterproof coat – non walkers will be under the buggy rain cover but older children will be walking. Remember we go outside and use the garden in ALL weather conditions and have school pick ups every day – even in the rain and snow!

Check 1. The contents of your child’s bag regularly! Please do not leave adult items such as purses, memory cards, coins, lighters, jewellery, medication etc in bags and please remove small toys which children might ask for during the day but be unable to share.

 Check 2. Please also take children’s works of art, cards etc out of their bags and talk to your child about them – they have been created with care especially for you and your child was very proud of their achievement.






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