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    Has anyone ever done peer observations for another childminder?

    I've been asked to complete one for a childminding friend following an activity session we did last week and wondered if anyone had a template they used, or has any advice on what to note down?
    I was planning on discussing her strengths and simply noting any areas for development.

    Thoughts?!

    Thank you all
    Sarah, Bumble Beez x x

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    I've never done an observation on a childminder (I would love to) but I have done lots of observations on early years staff at school (and had many done on me).

    Agree a time when the observation starts and ends.

    Start with a positive, end with a positive.

    Sandwich an 'even better if/area for development' in between.

    When discussing areas for development, I was told to avoid using the words "If it was me...I would have done...". I have heard those phrases used on me, and I do actually find them quite irritating and arrogant.

    You may or may not want to agree on a focus for the observation, for example, questioning techniques, or how the cm encourages independence, use of language/vocab etc etc or you might just want to do an open ended observation and see what comes up.

    Good luck and enjoy!

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    Very good advice from Maza. please let us know how it goes.

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    Brave of you to agree to do it, and brave of the childminder to ask.

    Hope it all goes well. I liked Maza s suggestions.

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    Thanks Maza, your response is really helpful.
    I've heard of the positivity sandwich before so will use that!!
    My trouble is that I don't like to criticise...even if it is constructive criticism
    Will keep you posted on how it goes
    Sarah, Bumble Beez x x

 

 

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