This help centre article was written for childminders preparing for registration with the Koru Kids' Home Nursery service
How do I book my pre-assessment call?
You will be prompted to book your pre-assessment call via the app when you have completed all of the training.
Why do I need an hour-long pre-assessment call?
Before we can book you in for your assessment visit, we need to assess your knowledge and understanding of your training so far and have a quick look at your home.
The call is around an hour long on Zoom. It’s really important that you make enough time to talk to us. A little tip from us - make some notes during this call, we’ll be giving you hints, tips and advice on how to get the best from your visit.
Who will I be speaking to?
Your pre-assessment call is with a member of the childcare quality team.
These team members have worked in early years themselves for a number of years and have worked as both practitioners and in management roles. They know what it’s like to be assessed, they understand how you feel and they are here to support you and help you be your best!
What will I be assessed on?
We'll ask you some questions about the training you've done so far. This could include questions from learning and development, safeguarding, welfare, food hygiene and safe sleep. We will also be asking you to take us through two activities that you would be likely to do with children - one activity for a 1 year old, and the other for a 4 year old.
What else will you discuss with me during the call?
You have previously completed your background checks forms and health declaration.
As you may not have all your checks back yet, we'll ask you if you think anything might come up which would prevent you from becoming an early educator. We ask this to everyone, to make sure that you’re aware, we’d need to chat it through anything that came up before proceeding with your registration.
I’ve just finished my training—how long should I wait before I book my call?
It’s best to book your pre-assessment call with us as soon as you can. This way, the training is still fresh in your mind when you talk to us. Once you've completed your training, go over all your notes, plan your activities and then book in that call!
What do I need to prepare in advance for this call?
You should go over all your training notes in preparation for your call.
You also need to plan two activities, one for a 1-year-old and one for a 4-year-old, linking these to the EYFS (7 areas of learning), and the characteristics of effective learning.
How else can I prepare?
Read your EYFS thoroughly
Go over all your training slides and notes
Join the Facebook community—you'll find training, advice and activity planning. Feel free to post any questions in there too. The Facebook community for Early Educators are at all stages of the process, as well as Koru Kids team members, all of whom are happy to help.
Read through the 3 safeguarding government documents:
Make sure you have booked your outdoor learning (you don't need to have attended, but you must book a place)
What happens if I have booked my call, but haven’t had time to prepare?
If you book in your pre-assessment call with us, but then feel like you aren’t ready, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org. All we ask is that you make sure you cancel your current appointment before booking a new one to give someone else the opportunity to have your slot.
What will happen at the end of the call?
At the end of the call the childcare quality coach will let you know if they feel you are ready to be booked in for your assessment visit or if you need to have another call beforehand.
Don’t be disheartened if we decide you aren’t quite ready, we'll give you tips and advice to support you in your self study and then book in with you again.
What if I need more support after I’m booked in for my visit?
The childcare quality coaches are available to support you throughout your journey. They are more than happy to have more calls with you before your visit to make sure that you are feeling confident and prepared. You'll find a booking link at the end of the email we send you.
Will the childcare quality coaches give me any advice on areas I should work on?
During your call you'll be advised on the areas you need to develop further. It's important that you make a note of these! Remember, we can’t ask you about everything during the call, but you should go over everything you've covered in your training on the day of your visit. If you have any questions during the call or before your visit, let us know—we’re happy to help.
Your pre-assessment call is there to help you feel ready and prepared for your assessment visit. Our childcare quality coaches are here to support you!
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