hectors house
14-11-2014, 04:52 PM
Have just received my written confirmation that "I am Outstanding" - had my inspection on 5th November, inspector was lovely, sat tapping away on her laptop and I just got on with our day and almost forgot she was there. The children self registered and helped with the calendar and weather chart, we had a chat about fireworks in circle time and I read a story about fire safety and we all sang "Hurry, hurry fire engine song" with the children shaking bells for the "Ding Ding ding" part.

Then the children chose from photographs of the resources what they wanted to play with and we fetched them from the converted garage toy store (inspector came too), she commented on the lovely photos of children taking part in Autumn outings and craft on the display board in porch where I also have certificates and parent info. While the children played with their chosen toys I showed the inspector all my paperwork laid out on dining room table for her to help herself and said she could ask if she couldn't find anything.

Then the children washed hands, she didn't comment on the fact that they all shared same bowl or water and she liked that each child has their own coloured towel (not paper towels), children then helped prepared snack by peeling satsumas, peeling and chopping banana and chopping strawberries and shared them out on each other's plates. While they were eating I showed them a youtube clip of a firework display, when they got down we did Jolly Phonics from youtube as I already did this but it has been recommended for one child who has speech pronunciation difficulties - I explained that we would normally do this after lunch but that she would be gone by then.

Then children asked to play outside, I was pleased to show the inspector my new undercovered play area that my husband built in Sept, children played in sandpit, helped feed hens and collect eggs, drew firework pictures on blackboards.

Then it was lunch time, children washed hands again, helped lay table, pour own drinks - were well behaved eating lunch and then helped dry up their bowls, cups, cutlery. Inspector only asked a few questions about Safeguarding, my behaviour policy - I jokingly said I use the cupboard under the stairs! then said that I had looked after all the children since they were babies, they had grown up with my rules and way of doing things and that I had high expectations and that I was confident in taking them anywhere and everywhere with me. She commented on how well behaved they were (they were a little more lively than normal because of having an audience I think).

I nearly forgot to show her my learning journals as I now use Tapestry on-line - I took the precaution of saving all journals to PDF and putting on memory stick in case the internet or Tapestry site went down. She was impressed on how instant it is for parents to see new observations, to add their own and to add comments and how I have engaged Nursery settings to do the same.

She was also pleased to see that I have put into place things I have learnt on training courses eg: signing, outdoor play activities. Think she stayed about 3 1/2 hours - nearly hugged her when she told me my grading and haven't managed to keep it a secret from my childminding friends in town as they could see from my face what I had got.

I did use Sarah Neville's SEF e-book for ideas and although I thought I had got carried away with too many details (it was about 20 pages long), inspector said it was great for giving her a full picture of what I offer and do with the children. My advice would be for everyone to keep their SEF up to date - I didn't and it took me hours to complete, also I researched the inspector in advance and found out what she was "picky" on and made sure that I had all those points covered.

Pleased that I can finally share my grade, hope the feedback is useful.

14-11-2014, 04:57 PM
Wow sounds fab.

Thanks for the feedback.

14-11-2014, 05:01 PM
That's great news well done , thgank yoiu for the tips x

14-11-2014, 05:04 PM
Woo Hoo.

Well done you. Fantastic.

Sounds like a good inspector too! Thanks for the feedback ... I'm waiting for my inspection!

14-11-2014, 06:02 PM
Well done! It sounds like you are an amazing childminder, and your Outstanding grade is well deserved xx

14-11-2014, 06:17 PM
Well Done :-) it does sound like you are doing an amazing job and the grade is well deserved xx

14-11-2014, 06:52 PM
Congratulations! :cheerleader: and thanks for the feedback. :thumbsup:

14-11-2014, 07:04 PM
congratulations and thanks for the feedback x

14-11-2014, 07:52 PM
Well done, so pleased for you :)

14-11-2014, 08:05 PM
Well done and thank you for the feedback.

14-11-2014, 09:00 PM
Congratulations, great feedback.

14-11-2014, 09:20 PM
Congratulations! Sounds like it was a well deserved grade :)

15-11-2014, 08:34 AM
congratulations xxx

15-11-2014, 09:07 AM
Congratulations!!! Thank you for feedback x

15-11-2014, 12:10 PM
Congratulations :clapping:

18-11-2014, 12:34 PM
Fantastic news Hectors house I hope you bought yourself a little treat for all your hard work. Thanks for the feedback it is so helpful when you all take time to put it up for us all to see and get an idea what we need in place or to improve before ours.

:clapping::clapping::jump for joy::thumbsup:

18-11-2014, 12:45 PM
Wow you sound like the Mary Poppins of childminders!

Great ideas and excellent feedback - thank you so much and WELL DONE! :clapping::clapping:

Wiggle Wiggle
18-11-2014, 12:49 PM
Congratulations and well done! Thank you as well for putting up your feedback, it is very helpful and much appreciated that you have taken the time to do so. I hope you have a well deserved break now from all your hard work.:thumbsup:

18-11-2014, 01:12 PM
Congratulations!! :-)

Thank you for the feedback.

hectors house
18-11-2014, 01:25 PM
Wow you sound like the Mary Poppins of childminders!

Great ideas and excellent feedback - thank you so much and WELL DONE! :clapping::clapping:

One of the parent's does call me Mary Poppins! But I admit to not being "Practically perfect" every day!

18-11-2014, 10:56 PM
Well done! Glad it all went so well :-)

19-11-2014, 12:57 AM
Congratulations! Fantastic news, well done. Thank you for the feedback. x

19-11-2014, 12:32 PM
Congratulations on your hard work! Just wondered how you researched your inspector to find out what she was picky about? X

hectors house
19-11-2014, 01:17 PM
Congratulations on your hard work! Just wondered how you researched your inspector to find out what she was picky about? X

There isn't really an easy way - I had to read through all the inspection reports in my area (from Ofsted inspection reports website), and see which childminders had this inspector, then I could see from the comments she made on "This childminder isn't yet outstanding because" eg: few opportunities to count and use numbers in everyday routine, Art activities over directed, not allowing creativity, opportunities for children to express themselves through music and dance not developed, childminder doesn't request sufficient detail about child's achievements at home to enable her to plan children's progress with parents imput, childminder does not always encourage children to manage self care, childminder needs to encourage parents to share photos of family, friends and favourite people to help children value themselves and learn similarity and differences, few opportunities for children to access programmable toys.

I then either made sure that I showed her on inspection day that my children do have counting opportunities every day, that they did pour own drinks, lay table, cut up own fruit and be as independent as they can, I use an on line learning journal and parents and nursery have been great at providing observations and replies on mine - with photos of children on holiday or riding bikes or with grandma, any that I knew I counted "tick" off on the day, I made sure I included a sentence about it in my SEF eg: the music comment - we had recently recorded the CBeebies programme Melody about listening and moving in different ways to music, I made sure that the art work on the walls was children's own work and not just assembling parts that I had given them and shown them what to do.

One of my friends got a comment by a different inspector that she should take the children on a "listening Walk" well we all do this, but I made sure that I wrote this phrase (taken from letters & sounds activities) in my SEF.

Don't under estimate the power of your SEF - sell yourselves in it and then just prove that you do these things when the inspector is there eg: demonstrate it or show photos. I had a digital photo frame of photos of children taking part in different crafts, lots of outdoor play, to proof what I had said in my SEF.