OfstedInformation about Ofsted and recent inspections
Ofsted oversees all childminders and has a duty to carry out inspections upon all early years settings. My most recent Ofsted report has resulted in me being graded a “GOOD” childminder. With it being my first graded inspection, I am really pleased with the category given after recently coming out of maternity leave. Some of the comments made on the day reflected my passion for what I do; my favourite being when my inspector told me she could “stay at my setting watching me with the children all day”.
You can read the full report by clicking here, but meanwhile, some of the standout observations noted were:
- The childminder is a very good role model and sensitively encourages important social skills and boundaries. Children respond well to the praise they receive as they play and during care routines.
- The childminder works tirelessly to enhance all opportunities to involve and include parents in their children’s learning. This helps them to support children’s development at home.
- The childminder has highly effective ways to monitor the progress children make across all areas of development. This enables her to identify gaps in children’s learning and act swiftly to close them.
- Children have developed secure bonds with the childminder. She is caring, kind and responsive to their needs. This has a positive impact on their emotional well-being and involvement.
- The childminder has a very good understanding of how children learn and develop. She has clear learning aims for each child and helps guide each one, to make good progress and prepare them well for their future learning.
- The childminder knows how extremely important it is to promote children’s communication and language skills and does this well.