Childminders: Early learning and childcare

This Open Badge is awarded to childminders who demonstrate an understanding of the self-evaluation framework for the early learning and childcare sector.

How good is our early learning and childcare? (HGIOELC) is made up of 15 quality indicators (QIs), which are organised into three key areas:

  • leadership and management
  • learning provision
  • successes and achievements.


To earn this badge you will need to:

  • have access to and read a copy of HGIOELC
  • identify one quality indicator under each key area and tell us how you demonstrate these in your practice
  • tell us about something you learned from HGIOELC that helped you to improve your practice.


None. This badge does not require you to hold any other badges.


Provide a statement, of around 150 words, telling us why you meet the criteria for this badge. Read the criteria carefully before submitting your statement, as your application will be declined if you don’t cover all of it within your evidence. Submit your statement using the badge application form below or paste a link to your own blog or eportfolio.

If you want to use a blog or eportfolio entry as evidence, you might find our guide to preparing and publishing your evidence useful. We will also accept links to short audio or video statements if you prefer these formats.

Remember, the evidence you provide will be viewable by anyone who you show your badge to. Please don’t include confidential or private information within your evidence.

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Childminders: Early learning and childcare

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