Now I can open for business… I have my first clients already - the boys I have been nannying - and a neighbour of theirs wants me to look after their three year old girl for a week in the school holidays… Small beginning, but better than no clients at all!
Well, it’s been a couple of days since my Ofsted inspection and I’m still in recovery.
It wasn’t awful, but it was intense and it took 4.5 hours to cover everything - my suitability to work as a childminder (DBS certificates, my health, previous experience etc), the Early Years Foundation Stage, the Two Year Progress Check, Development Matters, Safeguarding and Welfare, and last but not least, premises check.
The inspector herself was very pleasant and gave me plenty of opportunities to clarify and expand on my original answers if I’d given a broad outline as an initial response to a question.
The main reason it takes so long is that she was typing frantically as I spoke, so she had a transcript of our conversation, in order to back up her decisions as to whether or not I meet the requirements to register.
Thankfully she was kind enough to say before she left that she considers that I _do_ fulfil all of the requirements, and as such, she would recommend to Ofsted that they register me as a childminder.
It is possible they will want to confirm a detail or two before doing so (she said her notes were deliberately as comprehensive as possible to attempt to avoid that happening) but if they concur with her inspection, they will probably just issue me with a certificate of registration, which should arrive by post within a couple of weeks.
I am holding back on any big celebrations until it’s definite, but folks, it’s looking pretty darned good :-)