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 :-)
The call came this morning: I will be inspected on June 17. It is somewhat ironic that it is the day after YoungMan will turn eight, and therefore not count in the “allowed number” of children for me to look after. Will he need any less care and attention one day after his eighth birthday than one day before? I can’t see it, myself, but who am I to argue the rules??
The best part is, from my perspective, that I will have an answer before YoungMan finishes school for the summer, so I can (assuming the inspection goes to plan!!!) work from home, which will be excellent.
It will also give me the opportunity to save up some money for a car, too - during the school holidays, I won’t have the school run to worry about, so can rely on public transport for exciting trips to Hobbycraft for activities, and the pet shop to see the animals, or the shopping centre for the cinema or ten pin bowling… and if we ask Foggy reeeeeeally nicely, he might nominate one day of the week where we can have the car and he takes public transport to work, so we can do other outings.
Other exciting plans for the summer include a quick visit from my mother, a week in Exmouth (staying at the same beautiful flat we went to last summer) and of course, YoungMan’s birthday! No rest for the wicked, right?