OFSTED Approved :)

This week has been intense. On Friday I received notification that OFSTED would be making their first inspection within the next 5 days.  You might think it is odd that I haven’t been inspected yet, but I’ve only actually been childminding since mid-September. I did my training and completed my registration some time ago, and once you’ve done that you are able to open your setting. However, you then have your first inspection within 6-weeks of signing a contract with a parent. This is how you get your rating.

I’ve been working on my paperwork, of which there is a lot! I have a 32 page policy and procedure folder, risk assessments for every room, risk assessments for using the car, childminder car insurance…I’ve also been working on mapping the development of my three ‘minded’ children, and highlighting the areas to concentrate on.  Naturally, after just over a month, there’s not  huge amount of paperwork accrued, but I’m happy with what I have done. And so were OFSTED.

I haven’t received my report yet, but the inspector praised my rapport with the children and how I handled their varying demands and stages of development. She was very pleased with my practice. She did say that I don’t have enough documentary evidence yet regarding learning journeys, but that this was expected at such an early stage.

Also this week, I had my Food Standards Agency inspection and the hygiene of the house got a thumbs up (which Jo, being a Dr of Microbiology, was pleased to hear!). We just need to get a thermometer for the fridge.

So this week has brought two inspections. It’s also been parents evening (great reports, as expected), Jasmine has made her Brownie promise and Jo has given two important presentations at work. Hectic!

Nearly the weekend…

Jasmine is soon to be Seven

It is Jasmine’s birthday this weekend. Cue birthday sleepover, cake making and pancakes for breakfast.

This is the first year she hasn’t browsed the Argos catalogue for months and then given me a hundred-strong list of gift suggestions. All she wanted was a basket for her bike and to join a club.

Jasmine's favourite doll...and inspiration for her birthday cake

Jasmine’s favourite doll…and inspiration for her birthday cake

Purple and pink basket purchased.

Now for the club.

We have hunted high and low for suitable clubs on the right days. Jasmine and Logan spend Mondays and Wednesdays with their Mum, rather than with me and Jo, and almost every club seems to be on those nights. When we moved in December we found that the local brownie troop meets on a Thursday- hurrah! So we popped her on the waiting list, as you have to be 7 to start.

And serendipity strikes- we had an email to say that Jasmine could start Brownies last night. She spent a hugely enjoyable evening gigging, making cards, playing wink murder and tag and making “more than 10 friends”. Excited would be an understatement.

Lots more little gifts to wrap tonight. And a cake to bake. Jasmine has asked for her cake to look like her favourite doll, Dyna-Mite, so coloured icing has been purchased and the cake will be produced tonight. Well, Jo is doing that, I know my limits 🙂