Childminder Assistant Employment Pack

Comprehensive pack for childminders, nurseries or other childcare settings to assist with recruitment and staff management. NOW includes NEW Staff Care Plans, Staff Wellbeing Policy, Staff Handbook, Job Offer, Rejection and Dismissal Letter Templates, Self-Employed Assistant Agreement PLUS even MORE updates and improvements!

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NOW Bigger & Better, Updated & Improved to include NEW Staff Care Plans, Staff Wellbeing Policy, Staff Handbook, Job Offer, Rejection and Dismissal Letter Templates, Self-Employed Assistant Agreement PLUS even MORE updates and improvements!

Comprehensive pack for childminders, nurseries or other childcare settings to assist with recruitment and staff management.

The resources in this pack will enable you to put together the information and documents you require to assist with recruitment and staff management and new legal requirements for employers as of April 2020.

Whilst this pack has been designed primarily for childminders who employ assistants, it may also be useful for nurseries, school clubs or other childcare settings. The majority of the documents included are editable, however, should you require further assistance to adapt any of the resources to meet the requirements of your setting, please do not hesitate to contact us

Do you already employ staff in your setting or are you considering taking on an assistant?

Are you filling up spaces fast or needing an extra pair of hands?

There are several benefits that employing an assistant can bring to your childcare service but along with taking on staff comes more legislation and requirements.

Not sure where to start?

This pack will help you understand what you need to do and support you with the paperwork requirements, leaving you with more time to concentrate on finding the best person for the job!

Simply edit the templates as you require to suit your own business!

This pack includes all of the following:

Information and User Guide

Includes the benefits of taking on staff and outlines the criteria that must be met.

To assist with recruitment and new staff procedures:

Job Advertisement – Put together a job advertisement to help put the word out that you are looking for a new assistant. Edit to suit your requirements then print and ask to display on local noticeboards, in shop windows or create an image with your advert to post in a suitable social media group.

Job Advertisement

Job Application Form – Have an application form ready for any enquires to your job advertisement. Use the application to obtain essential information about the applicant and to determine whether or not they might be a suitable candidate.

Job Application Form

Job Description – Put together a comprehensive job description for the assistant role ready to provide alongside the job application form so as all candidates are clear on what the role entails.

Health Questionnaire *NEW- Determine whether potential candidates are fit and able for the job or whether they have any disabilities or health issues that could affect their ability to carry out their role. In accordance with UK Employment Law, equal opportunity principles must be applied throughout the recruitment process.

Health Questionnaire

Letter Templates *NEW – Write to applicants to let them know their application has been unsuccessful, or to invite them for interview, and once you have found your successful applicant, to offer them the job position. Further templates are also included for dismissing members of staff.

Interview Invitation LetterJob Offer Letter

Interview Questions *NEW – Be prepared with a set of questions ready to ask candidates that you invite for interview. Learn about previous experience, strengths, weaknesses and how they might handle certain situations that may arise in your setting.

Contract of Employment – Prepare a formal contract of employment for your new assistant clearly setting out the terms and conditions of employment / statement of particulars to provide extra protection under law.

Contract of Employment

Self-Employed Assistant Agreement *NEW – If you are taking on your assistant on a self-employed basis use this assistant agreement template to clearly set out the terms and conditions of the agreement / statement of particulars.

Self-Employed Assistant Agreement

Induction Checklist – Have an adequate induction procedure in place to ensure all checks and formalities are complete ready for your assistant to begin work. Ensure that important procedures are discussed and check that basic training is provided in order for your new member of staff to begin their role.

Induction Check-List_Page_1

To assist with setting and staff management:

Staff Handbook *NEW – Ensure all new and existing staff are clear on service procedures and what is expected of them as members of staff. Make sure everyone understands the aims and objectives of the setting, how they can assist in achieving them, and how you will support your staff in their role and future ambitions.

Staff HandbookStaff Handbook  

Staff Care Plan *NEW – Collect essential information about the general health of your staff, any medical conditions, allergies, additional support requirements and whom may be contacted in the event of an emergency.

Staff Care Plan

Working with Assistants – Information for Parents – If you already work with assistants or intend to start doing so, parents must be informed. For safeguarding purposes and under General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) they must be made clear on your recruitment procedures and the processes in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children.

Assistant Information for Parents

Working with Assistants – Permissions Form – Before an assistant can be left unsupervised with children (for a maximum period of up to two hours) you must obtain written consent from parents.

Assistant Permissions Form

Staff Profile – Complete this staff profile sheet to provide alongside the permissions form or display in your setting to share information about your new assistant including their qualifications, experience and training. Update staff profiles regularly as they complete new training and achievements.

Childminder Assistant – Appraisal Form – Use this appraisal form template to help structure regular appraisal meetings with your assistant to discuss their performance and progress. Keep these records as evidence that you regularly monitor and assess staff performance and plan ahead for their future training and skills.

Appraisal Form_Page_1

Staff Policies:

Edit the templates provided and issue to all staff members to clearly communicate the procedures that must be followed in certain situations. Templates are provided for:

  • Recruitment Policy
  • Staff Wellbeing Policy *NEW
  • Staff PRIVACY Notice
  • Staff Illness Policy
  • Staff Maternity Policy

and Pregnant Staff Member Risk Assessment 

  • Staff Behaviour Policy
  • Staff Disciplinary Procedure
  • Whistle-Blowing / Raising Concerns Policy

Staff Privacy Notice

To assist with work records and payment procedures:

Staff Record of Work – Use these templates to allow your assistant to keep a record of their hours of work including arrival and departure times each day and any times when they are left in sole charge of children – a necessary safeguarding requirement. Accurate records will help you ensure your assistant’s wages can be calculated accurately.

Pay Slips – Create pay slips to issue to staff each week / month detailing their hours of work, payments, deductions, tax and national insurance contributions and remaining holiday entitlement. Version for self-employed assistant also included.

Pay Slip

The images shown for each resource show a small selection of what this pack contains. Many of the full documents are made up of 3 or 4 pages.

Please see the Further Details tab above for file format and supply information.

DISCLAIMER
Whilst MindingKids endeavours to keep the information in our products up to date and correct, we make no warranties of any kind. It is the responsibility of each individual childcare provider to ensure that they comply with relevant legislation and requirements.

 

CUSTOMISATION SERVICE

Customised Employment Contract  

Looking to further personalise the templates and add a professional touch to your service documents? MindingKids can help you add your business name / logo or make small wording changes to the templates and forms as you require.

This customisation service is FREE to all MindingKids Members or can be purchased as an additional service – select the customisation option from the drop down menu before proceeding to checkout.

Simply email us at contact@mindingkids.co.uk with details of the customisation you require.

Logos can be applied to replace where the MindingKids logo appears on the templates of this pack.

Logos must be provided in png or jpeg format. Requests for customisation will be dealt with on a first come first served basis and emailed out on completion.   

 

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The majority of templates in this pack are provided as Microsoft Word documents and are all entirely editable. Amend or add to the templates as you require to suit your business and circumstances.

Some forms such as the Staff Care Plans, Health Questionnaire, Record of Work sheets and Permission Form are supplied as PDF Forms. These can be printed out and completed by hand or information can be entered using a computer / tablet before printing, saving or sharing digitally.

If you find you cannot type information into PDF forms then you may require to install a PDF viewer that permits the use of forms. Adobe Reader DC is a popular one that will work on any device. There are different pricing options available but the reader version is Free and is adequate for completing and saving forms. 

If you require assistance to edit or amend any of the templates or forms within this pack to suit your needs, please contact us and we will do our best to assist.

The download version of this pack is supplied as a ZIP FILE. Please see the FAQ page for further information.

 

DISCLAIMER
Whilst MindingKids endeavours to keep the information in our products up to date and correct, we make no warranties of any kind. It is the responsibility of each individual childcare provider to ensure that they comply with relevant legislation and requirements.