As part of the Department of Education’s Early Years Recovery Programme, certain Stronger Practice Hubs (SPHs) and the EEF are working together to fund childminders' access to Elklan’s Communication Friendly Home-Based Settings programme.
Elklan’s Communication Friendly Home-Based Setting (CFHBS) award examines all aspects of the Home-Based Setting, including the physical environment (inside and out), interaction styles, how language is modelled and the opportunities and resources that are provided to support the development of language, communication and learning.
The process aims to enable those caring for children in their own home to consider the opportunities, resources and personal interactions provided and to reflect on areas for development, with guidance from an Elklan tutor. The childminder or foster carer is given a manual full of ideas and strategies to promote language, communication and learning in the home and help to gain the award.
The childminder/foster carer needs to have completed one of the following within the last two years:
OR complete CFHBS whilst attending the course Speech and Language Support 3-5s.
The childminder/foster carer completes a CFHBS checklist. This explores:
The physical environment, inside and out
How they interact with the children to encourage communication
How you are modelling language to encourage the development of their talking
The resources and opportunities they provide
How they share books with the children
An online CFHBS e-log makes the collation of evidence to support the checklist easy. Most evidence involves photographs.
An Elklan tutor, will support the childminder/foster carer through the process and will visit, either in-person or virtually.
The tutor will look at the completed CFHBS checklist and evidence
The tutor will observe the childminder interacting with a child under 5 years of age, this can be their own child
Feedback will be provided and recommendations made
If changes are required, a second home visit (virtual or in-person) will be arranged.
A CFHBS rating scale is used to decide whether to award an 'Inadequate’, ‘Requires Improvement', 'Good' or 'Outstanding' rating.
To gain Communication Friendly Home-Based Setting status, an overall rating of ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ is needed for each of the 5 sections of the Communication Friendly Home-Based Setting checklist.
Having the feedback and support of my tutor helped me to see ways of tweaking what I already offered to improve the experience and learning of the children within my care
C re: Elklan Communication Friendly Home-Based Settings
My impression is very positive, CFHBS questions were very interesting - it was good to look at my setting in this very detailed way and give answers. I highly recommend this course. It will let you look at your setting from a very different point of view and you might notice things you can improve to become more communication friendly place!
PK re: Elklan Communication Friendly Home-Based Settings
It was straightforward to follow the guideline and helpful with the tutors checking it over too.
KC re: Elklan Communication Friendly Home-Based Settings
Very interesting and easy to consolidate all the information with my tutor.
CC re: Elklan Communication Friendly Home-Based Settings
Easy to use/understand checklists to work through. Didn't appear a huge amount of work needed to put in to it to provide the evidence.
KB re: Elklan Communication Friendly Home-Based Settings
It was good. it really helped me re-evaluate my setting.
KG re: Elklan Communication Friendly Home-Based Settings
The course was very helpful to me and excellent help and advice from tutor.
JJ re: Elklan Communication Friendly Home-Based Settings
It made me look at my setting with fresh eyes and see what works and what needed updating. Sometimes we don’t always notice our daily practise until we scrutinise it. The most useful change was my lounge. I have turned it in to a relaxing quiet room with some sensory lighting, beanbags and a story den. My husband also got involved in the journey and made me the most fantastic new book case made from cable drum and can rotate 360 degrees!
JM re: Elklan Communication Friendly Home-Based Settings
I enjoyed the course and found it very helpful in improving my setting.
DJ re: Elklan Communication Friendly Home-Based Settings
I enjoyed doing this course. I feel that it really made me look at what I currently offer and reflect on how well this was working within my setting. Having the feedback and support of my tutor helped me to see ways of tweaking what I already offered to improve the experience and learning of the children within my care. I love the fact that I now have my learning log to look back and reflect upon.
CG re: Elklan Communication Friendly Home-Based Settings
I really enjoyed it. I am glad that I have everything I need to provide a Communication Friendly Home-Based Setting.
S re: Elklan Communication Friendly Home-Based Settings
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Got a question?
We'd welcome an opportunity to talk with you about Communication Friendly Home-Based Settings.
Q&A sessions for those interested in gaining Communication Friendly Home-Based Setting status (CFHBS) are held via webinar. Click on one of the dates below to book your free place.
No Q and A webinars are currently available to book. Please check back soon as new dates are organised regularly.
What does it cost? What's included?
The cost for CFHBS is £250 per childminder/foster carer, in addition to the course fee for e.g. Speech and Language Support for 0-3s.
Before starting CFHBS, one of the following courses needs to be completed. For information and costs, please see:
Childminders and Foster Carers with Accredited CFHBS status
Little Stars Childminding
Kelly Bowen - Mortimers Munchkins
Jennifer Dinsdale, Jen’s Childcare
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