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  1. Challenging my LA

    Never done a blog before, but need to have something of a timeline to refer back to if needed, so here goes.

    My LA are still insisting that to be able to offer funding we must be part of the childminding network, and have a level 3.
    I know from this forum primarily, that this changed in September 2013 (Statutory guidance: ...
  2. Recent inspection feedback - 04.2014

    Recent Ofsted inspection report feedback – what does it mean?

    A thread on the Independent Childminders Facebook group caused a lot of childminders concern - it was a list written by a Local Authority advisor who had combed through recent Ofsted reports for action comments.

    So... I thought it might be useful to unpick some of the Ofsted actions.

    Children’s starting points ‘not detailed enough’
    The recently revised Ofsted inspectors guidance ‘Evaluation ...
  3. Recent Ofsted inspection outcomes...

    Recent themes in Ofsted reports

    These have been put together since the new evaluation schedule (Oct 2013) was published.

    The evaluation schedule can be downloaded from here – - Ofsted document 120086

    In reports from Nov 2013 onwards the focus of outstanding practice is on –
    • Emotional attachments
    • Individual planning ...
  4. Dear Ofsted, childminders would like your support...

    A letter from Ofsted registered childminders given to Ofsted at a meeting inspired by the Ofsted Big Conversation - #OfstedBigConversation: Home.

    This letter has been written by Sarah Neville / Knutsford Childminding with input from childminders across the country.

    10th January 2014

    Dear Ofsted

    I know that I will be one of many early years providers attending this meeting today, so I have written this letter for you, which can be taken ...
    Tags: ofsted #obc Add / Edit Tags
  5. New childminder advice and eyt

    by , 28-12-2013 at 09:18 PM (New childminder and eyt!!)
    Hope you have all had a relaxing Christmas!

    Hi to Natalie 10 who has commented for info. It is lovely to get some comments.

    Well I have been childminding for six months now and waiting for Ofsted to visit.

    Natalie- are you up and running with any mindees?

    Here are some tips and things that I did before I even got mindees, so I was ready to go

    -start to advertise (but remember to be clear that you can't mind until you have ...
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