I had my Ofsted Inspection recently, on the 3rd February 2012 and was very pleased with how everything went, being graded Outstanding in every area! I wanted to share some of the report with you. When you come to visit, you are welcome to read the entire report but for now, here is most of it:
The overall effectiveness of the early years provision
Overall the quality of the provision is outstanding.
Children make excellent progress in their learning and development. They make very good use of high quality, indoor resources and of the garden overall, even in cold weather. The childminder is highly effective in offering an inclusive service. Partnerships with parents and others are exceptional. Self-evaluation processes are fully developed and the childminder shows an outstanding capacity for sustained improvement.
The effectiveness of leadership and management of the early years provision
The childminder is highly effective in safeguarding children. There are robust systems in place for partnership working with key agencies involved in child protection. Safeguarding training is up-to-date and additional training is planned. Adults living on the premises have all been appropriately vetted. The childminder highly maintains risk assessments in response to changes and circumstances and implement these consistently to check the safety of children. Children display an excellent understanding of their own safety.
The childminder is self-challenging and motivated. She sets herself high standards. She has an excellent understanding of the children and families she caters for. Her planning is exceptionally well targeted to ensure children's achievements and well-being are nurtured. The setting is well organised and functions to a high level. The childminder is highly reflective of her service. She shows an outstanding ability to ensure improvement continues.
The childminder is highly effective in helping children and their families feel welcome. The environment is conducive to learning and safety is always maintained. Furniture, equipment and resources are of high quality and fully suitable for the ages and stages of children catered for. The childminder is enthusiastic and uses resources in an exciting and inspiring way to motivate children's interests. Planned purposeful play and child-led play enriches children's learning and enables children to consolidate what they already know. There is capacity to develop the outside area further to enrich and engage children's interest in learning. The childminder is meticulous in monitoring children's progress and records show children clearly thrive as a result of the service they receive.
The childminder highly effectively and proactively promotes equality and diversity. She has an exemplary knowledge of individual children. She is highly efficient in working in partnership with parents and carers to plan for children's individual welfare and learning needs. Children have extensive opportunities to integrate with other people through visits to local community groups and around the community. Their knowledge of diversity is extended by tracking their ethnicity on a map. Resources to support children's understanding of society are integrated well and easily accessible. Activities are very well planned and have a meaningful purpose to individual children.
The childminder's relationships with parents and carers are highly positive and communication is very effective. Parents are provided with information through daily diaries in which the childminder records welfare issues, events and achievements. In addition, unlimited verbal feedback is available. Parents highly value her knowledge of childcare issues; they share concerns and discuss next steps to support continuity between home and the setting. The childminder and parents are fully committed as a partnership to contributing towards children's well-being and development. The childminder is highly perceptive to parents and responsive to their individual needs. Children's voices are fully heard and their views are very well respected. The childminder is highly effective in establishing partnerships with other childcare professionals. Wherever needed, she initiates partnership working and fully shares developmental information, which underpins excellent continuity in learning.
The quality and standards of the early years provision and outcomes for children
Young children achieve a very strong sense of security through the relationships they build with the childminder and other children. The childminder works exceptionally hard to enable children to feel safe through her settling-in procedures. Young children safely explore their environment, both inside and outside. They fully understand how to play safely, for example, showing patience with others and taking turns on the slide. Children work exceptionally well independently and are developing excellent negotiation and cooperation skills. They are very kind to younger children and sensitive to their mood changes. Children are extremely well behaved, polite and well mannered. They enjoy playing with a very wide range of resources and engage in activities to support their knowledge of the society they live in and the wider world. They show an excellent awareness of responsibility, for example, selecting and preparing their own picnic lunch.
All children show an exceptional understanding of the importance of following good personal hygiene routines. For example, they talk confidently about hand washing in relation to germs and understand which colour towel belongs to each child. All children are learning about healthy eating and make healthy choices about what they want as snacks. Drinks are accessible throughout their day. Children have exciting opportunities to be physically active. For example, babies are encouraged to crawl and play in a ball pool with an array of sensory balls. Young children appear fully content and settled because their health, physical and dietary requirements are very well met.
Children's individual progress is consistently excellent in relation to their capabilities and starting points. This is because the childminder has exceptional skills in creating inspirational environments which engage children's explorative skills. Her interactions with children support their learning very well. All children are fully encouraged to communicate. Emerging language is highly supported through conversational interactions and lots of repetition. Young children are keenly listening, absorbing and experimenting with sounds. They hear clear diction and are encouraged to babble and express themselves. Older children are confident conversationalists. Young children are alert to and investigate things that challenge their expectations. For example, the creation of ice numbers engages children in number recognition, counting and learning about liquids in solid form. They have excellent opportunities to play with real objects, such as lemons, limes and garlic, in the role-play area. Their explorative skills are extended to a 'treasure' tray, where they enjoy searching rice and lentils for spiral shells and thimbles. They have inspiring opportunities to explore colour, shape and numbers through every day activities. For example, they very much enjoy associating different colour towels with different children or counting on the slide. Children eagerly experience changing seasons, the weather and exploring the natural world, because they have opportunities each day for playing outside. Children are very creative with music and explore sound. They particularly like playing with musical instruments, while listening to rainforest music. They very confidently access cause and effect, interactive resources, for example, hand-held, computer, game consoles. Children play a full and active role in their own learning and show great curiosity and desire to explore. This results in children developing excellent early skills and becoming highly active and inquisitive learners.