All PACEY (Professional Association for Childcare and the Early Years) childcarer members work towards the following Quality Standards. These cover all aspects of home-based childcare, including safety, nutrition, managing children’s behaviour, equal opportunities and good business practice.
1. Take a professional approach
- comply with the requirements of their membership and are registered and have suitable insurance cover
- undertake relevant training where possible
- keep up to date with relevant regulations and legislation.
2. Manage children’s behaviour
- never slap, smack, shake, bite, frighten or humiliate a child
- take a positive approach to managing children’s behaviour
- set clear boundaries for children’s behaviour and share these with parents
- give praise and encouragement when children live up to expectations
- respond to unwanted behaviour appropriately, according to the child’s age and level of understanding.
3. Promote equality of opportunity
- treat each child as an individual and with equal concern
- give every child equal chances to learn and develop
- take into account each child’s age and stage of development, gender, ethnicity, home language and any impairment
- encourage children to develop a sense of their own identity and culture
- help children to learn about cultures different from their own, and to develop positive attitudes towards people who are different from themselves.
4. Respect confidentiality
- do not share information about children and families without the permission of the family
- only break this rule in the interests of protecting a child, when they seek advice from appropriate professionals.
5. Promote children’s learning and development
- provide play activities and learning experiences suitable for each child’s age and stage of development
- support and stimulate children’s Social, Physical, Intellectual, Communication and Emotional development (SPICE)
- build learning into everyday activities
- support and complement what children learn at home, pre-school and school
- keep parents informed about their child’s progress.
6. Work in partnership with parents
- know that parents are the most important people in a child’s life
- recognise that parents know their own child best
- exchange information about each child with his or her parents
- show respect for each family’s beliefs, traditions and wishes for the care of their children
- discuss and arrange back-up cover for emergencies
- review contracts with parents at least once a year
- understand children’s need for ongoing care with the same carer
7. Keep children safe
- ensure a smoke-free environment while they are caring for children
- pay careful attention to safety and hygiene
- make detailed plans of what to do in an emergency
- are aware of signs and symptoms of possible abuse and know what to do if they suspect a child is being abused
- undertake regular risk assessments
8. Know about nutrition
- discuss children’s dietary needs with parents
- provide children with a healthy, balanced diet
9. Have good business practices
- keep organised records of children’s attendance, personal details and development
- keep accurate written records of accidents and incidents in an accident book
- keep detailed financial records
10. Seek support
- seek advice from other professionals when necessary
- take advantage of the opportunities for mutual support provided by PACEY and local childminding groups.