I had my first OFSTED inspection on 22nd October, around a month after opening. My setting was given a ‘satisfactory’; the quality of my care was praised, but I will need to provide more evidence of how I plan activities to suit each child, to meet their learning goals and map their progress. After just a month of childminding, it is unlikely that I could have provided the volume of records and observations required to obtain a ‘good’ rating, but I’m confident that with the framework I have in place, I’ll have improved my record-keeping by my next inspection in around six-months time.
Here are some points made by the inspector which I think give a good indication of the type of care I provide:
“The childminder gives praise to the children while working together, to encourage sharing, turn taking and positive behaviour”
“Children have regular opportunities to develop their understanding of the world and enjoy regular walks and visits within the local environment”
“The childminder provides a safe and relaxed environment where children’s emotional wellbeing is supported appropriately”
“The childminder is a good role model, who constantly promotes positive behaviour. He encourages good manners and helps the children to take care of their environment”
“the childminder helps children develop a healthy lifestyle”
“The childminder is well organised and maintains clear documentation for the safe and efficient management of the setting…he ensures children are protected and supervised at all times”
I’ll get an electronic version of the full report posted on the blog soon.
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…
I love Fridays. On Fridays we go to Giggles soft play for a couple of hours. We have lunch out, and we meet up with my Mum and sister, and my nephew Zac. It’s a real treat; the boys love it and all three play happily together. And it’s nice to see Mum and Karen too, have a bit of chit chat and feel vaguely grown up for a while!
Friday’s finish early too. T is picked up mid-afternoon, so it is just Leo and Daddy for the rest of the day. Today is a bit different, as we are going to an open afternoon at St Bernadettes, the primary school we hope Leo will go to. I know I’m a year early, but it seems sensible to pop in and make sure that it is the right school for him.
And tonight I’m going out with my pals- another rare treat!
The last few weeks have been busy, but brilliant. We’ve been joined by a new starter; a lovely, giggly 22-month old boy, who gets on with Leo like a house on fire. He loves to dance too, so we’ve been out to Bounce and Rhyme and also Diddi Dancing, I also found a few new groups nearby in Galgate- again, singing, dancing and clapping, but they have a messy play session too, so we will be checking that out in the next few weeks.
What else have we been up to-? We’ve been to Giggles soft play, we’ve done lots of home-learning, with shapes, animal sounds and letters and we’ve had many journeys to the park. Both the boys love the swing, so it is lucky there is a big basket type swing that they can fit in together.
Also- the older two are back at school, so it’s homework, PE kits, dinner money and, for the first time, school swimming lessons.
I’ve got another new starter at the end of September. Another boy, also under 2 years. A tandem pushchair has been ordered!
Hi, I’m Chris. I’m a Dad of three and work as a childminder in South Lancaster.
My eldest two enjoying our mini-Olympics
I’m OFSTED registered, and have a paediatric first aid certificate.
I currently have vacancies available, both part-time and full-time. Please give me a ring for details or to arrange a visit to my home- contact details are given in the sidebar.
I am a firm believer in child-led play. Children in my care enjoy exploratory and investigative activities, lots of outdoor play, social time at clubs and groups, visits to farms, parks and the library. We bake, grow vegetables, do plenty of messy play and read. All activities are mapped to the EYFS to ensure all children progress along their learning journey.
I have a 7-seater car and a clean driving licence.
I’ll be using this blog to share information about Chris Marriott Childminding and my life as a Dad.