All early years settings are required by law to keep a register of children's attendance. Essentially, this means you need to keep track of the time a child arrives and the time they're picked up.
The simplest way to do this is to create a simple form and pin it near your front door to complete every time a child enters and leaves your tiney home nursery. Get into the habit of marking the time every time a child enters or exits your setting, rather than waiting until the end of the day or week to fill it in. It's not essential for parents to sign the childcare attendance at every drop off and pick up, but it is a good practice and eliminates and confusion about the hours the child has been in your care.
It's important to track children's attendance in your setting for numerous reasons, including:
- It's a requirement of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework
- For insurance purposes - in case a concern is raised in the future
- In case the Local Safeguarding Children Board or Child Protection Agency query a child's attendance
- If the placement is funded wholly or in part by Government funding (15 hours 2 year old funding or 15/30 hours 3 and 4 year old funding)
There may also be occasions when a child's attendance varies from their core hours agreed in their childcare agreement and you will need to inform us so that parents are invoiced correctly. The attendance register can help you keep track of these changes and mark any additional payments required (for example, late pick up fees).