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Tips and templates

Case studies

Please visit our Learn from Others section to read case studies and tips from other childcare settings.



TIPS AND TEMPLATES: During the course of the Childcare in Schools project (2015-16), Family Action will be developing a range of tip sheets, checklists and templates.

These resources will be based on the learning gained by the school-based providers Family Action is supporting to develop more inclusive childcare practices, as well as tips from our peer mentors.

  1. TEMPLATE: Auditing inclusion within an early years setting (eg areas to consider)
  2. TIP SHEET: Self-improvement action plan (eg to prioritise areas requiring development, timescales) 
  3. TIP SHEET: Training for staff (eg free online modules)
  4. TIP SHEET: SEND conditions (eg links to support organisations)
  5. TIP SHEET: Accreditation and award schemes (eg factors to consider, links to schemes)
  6. TIP SHEET: How to develop a sensory room (eg uses, equipment, resources, fundraising)
  7. CHECKLIST: Setting up a sensory area (eg aims, budget, storage)
  8. CHECKLIST: Auditing staff training needs (eg PECS, Makaton)
  9. CHECKLIST: Developing a website (eg questions to consider around purpose, functionality, accessibility, branding, tone)
  10. TEMPLATE: Evaluating a peer support programme (eg example questions)
  11. TEMPLATE: Planning a programme of peer support activities (eg example activities across a number of weeks)
  12. TEMPLATE: Self-reflection: how inclusive is your setting? (eg example questions to use in a staff training session)
  13. TIP SHEET: Ideas box: useful links for a wide range of activities (eg gardening, crafts, sensory)
  14. TEMPLATE: Peer support: recording learning gained (eg issues to make notes on when visiting another setting)
  15. TIP SHEET: Transition from nursery to reception (eg tips from practitioners)
  16. TIP SHEET: English as an additional language (eg resources, training and organisations to support children who have EAL)
  17. TEMPLATE: Sustainability plan (eg identifying areas requiring further development)