What is the EYFS?

EYFS stands for Early Years Foundations Stage and is a government framework designed to help us support your child’s learning and development from birth to five years old. All early years providers must follow the EYFS 2012.  For more information click here.

What is the Early Years Entitlement?

All three and four year olds living in England are entitled to 570 hours of free early education and childcare a year. This is usually offered as 15 hours a week for up to 38 weeks a year and is a universal entitlement. It can be claimed through an Ofsted registered childcare provider the term after your child’s third birthday.

From September 2017 the government will be increasing the free hours from 15 to 30 a week for children of working families who meet the eligibility criteria. This means that eligible children will be able to receive up to 1140 hours of free childcare a year. These changes will be introduced as part of the Childcare Act 2016.

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Do you offer school holiday cover?

Absolutely, many of our parents are employed full time and therefore aren't able to take all the school holiday time off.

Do you include meals and are they included in your fees?

We do provide meals as part of our fees.  As the children all sit down to eat together it is a great way of encouraging them to eat different foods and re-enforce please's and thank-you's.  However, if your child has special requirements and you prefer to provide meals we are obviously more than happy to do this.

What happens if a child is ill?

Minimayhem follow the guidlines as set out by the Health Protection Agency, you can view these by clicking here.

Don't childminders just sit children infront of the television?

Certainly not!  Childminders now need to have, at least,  attended and passed an approved Local Authority course, had a Criminal Records Bureau check carried out, attended a Paediatric First Aid Course (12 hours) at least every three years and attended a Children's Safe Guarding Course every three years.  In addition to this, we are regulary inspected by Ofsted on the same basis as any other Early Years provider, e.g., day nurseries, pre-schools and Primary School.  The inspection reports are available online via the Ofsted website.

In addition to the above, Sue is NNEB qualified (two year full - time course) and Dubby has completed a Level 3 qualification in childcare and is currently studying for a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology.  We also regularly attend Surrey County Council Early Years courses, are accredited to SCC's Childminding Network and have successfully completed SCC's Early Years Quality Improvement Scheme.