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I am a fully qualified Norland Nanny (http://www.norland.co.uk), with well over a decade of childcare experience, working in many different family settings.

I am currently working towards a BA Hon's in Early Years Studies OU, to update my qualifications and help keep up high standards for the children in my care.

Other Qualifications include:

  • A Norland Diploma from the prestigious Norland college, they supply nannies to royalty and the rich and famous, the Diploma ensures I meet and exceed the very high standards they require from their graduates.
  • An NNEB from the National Nursery Examination Board, this allows me to call myself a qualified nursery nurse and is a standard childcare qualification.
  • NVQ3 in childcare learning and development, I completed this to update my NNEB, to ensure my practice was up to date.
  • St Johns Ambulance Early Years 1st Aid Certificate (OFSTED Approved)
  • Essential food Hygeine
  • Basic Childminding Induction course
  • Behaviour Management Course
  • Additional Needs Introductory Course

Since starting childminding I have done far too many courses to list here (60+ at the last count), if you are interested I will gladly show you the certificates, and waffle on for hours about the courses. My plan is to continually update all my qualifications to keep abreast of latest best practice, and I am booked on to several courses in the next few weeks.

In my latest Ofsted inspection I was graded OUTSTANDING IN ALL AREAS, this puts me in the top 6 percent of childcare in England!


The overall effectiveness of the early years provision

Overall the quality of the provision is outstanding.

Children are thriving as the childminder is enthusiastic and positive, providing an excellent level of care and attention at all times. Individuality is respected as the childminder works positively with parents, getting to know each child's character and providing resources and opportunities to promote all backgrounds and abilities.

Children's learning and development is rapidly promoted as there are a wide range of activities based on their interests and stage of development. All policies and procedures are in place to safeguard children and promote their welfare. The childminder is focused on continual improvement and all future targets are aimed at improving outcomes for children.

What steps need to be taken to improve provision further?

To further improve the high quality early years provision the registered person should consider:

providing opportunities for children to develop their own rules and a sense of responsibility for the setting in line with their age and maturity.

The effectiveness of leadership and management of the early years provision

The childminder has an advanced understanding of her role and responsibility in relation to safeguarding. She has attended a number of training courses in this subject and ensures that children's safety is always top priority. A comprehensive written policy is in place which includes all relevant details to ensure prompt referral to relevant agencies if required. Full risk assessments are used to protect children as they play in the home or go on outings. This reduces the risk of accidental harm as the childminder effectively reduces any identified hazards. Children also learn to keep themselves safe as they take part in regular fire drills and learn how to conduct themselves while on outings.

The childminder uses simple rules to ensure they know the importance of following instructions promptly. For instance, when playing in the park, they know to shout back immediately when they are called so that the childminder is aware that they are all fine.

The childminder displays a high level of commitment to her role and takes a professional approach to childcare. She has attended over 30 courses since registering and has recently completed a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Level 3 in childcare and education, despite already holding a nursery nurse qualification. She recognises the importance of building on her existing skills and, as a result, has a superior knowledge of a myriad of childcare issues.

All policies and procedures are in place as required and without exception, these are exemplary. They are regularly shared with parents and children's record files are routinely updated to ensure that children's welfare is fully promoted.

Parents are also asked to provide their views on the setting and their glowing reports of the care are testimony to the childminder's focus on providing a quality service. Parents particularly praise the use of organic, healthy food options and comment that their children's lives have been 'immeasurably enhanced' by their time with the childminder.

There is a positive approach to developing the setting further. The childminder has reflected on her own practice and continually strives to enhance the provision. The views of children and parents are collated and action promptly taken to meet any issues that are raised. For example, the register has been simplified. The recommendation from the previous inspection has also been met and children now have access to a fantastic outdoor space where they are able to play freely.

The childminder's forward-thinking attitude and genuine desire to provide the best possible outcomes for children mean that she continues to think of ways to enhance their experiences.

The quality and standards of the early years provision and outcomes for children

Children make excellent progress as they are provided with a wonderful range of toys and resources that meet their learning and development needs.

The childminder is skilled at developing learning through play as her natural enthusiasm and joy for working with children mean even routine activities become fun and interactive. For example, mealtimes are an opportunity to recall favourite activities or events that have happened at home. Children talk confidently about their birthday parties, recalling how they made the number four with coloured sweets and showing the childminder which number that is on the wall chart. They enjoy using the chopsticks that are put out for them, along with forks, eating their rice with skill as they develop their hand strength and coordination while squeezing the chopsticks together. They talk animatedly about their parents and holidays they have been on. The childminder encourages them to expand on their memories and uses natural conversations as learning opportunities, reinforcing messages, such as, putting on suncream to keep safe. Children develop excellent communication skills and high levels of self-esteem as their chatter is encouraged and valued.

Their problem-solving skills are effectively promoted as they mix ingredients together for a baking activity or use small change to purchase items at local shops. Their creativity is positvely enhanced as they make their own books, re-telling the story of 'Little Red Riding Hood' with their own drawings and words. They freely access resources, choosing to settle down for a story or play with trains, dolls or jigsaws.

The childminder also plans a fantastic range of activities, taking them for walks and cycle rides in the area, paddling in a shallow brook or out on a visit to an aquarium. Children are familiar with their local area, visiting playgroups, libraries and other attractions.

They are also aware of the wider world as they celebrate different customs, such as Chinese New Year and Diwali. These events are brought to life with visits to Chinatown in Manchester or to cultural craft shops where children can purchase small items.

The childminder observes children as they play. She tracks their achievements and ensures that any gaps in development are followed up. This is superbly managed as the childminder uses a sophisticated internet-based system to plot children's achievements and link these to the areas of learning. The system is password protected but is also available for parents and key workers at other provisions to add their observations or comments. Therefore, the childminder has a full picture of children's achievements across a number of settings and is able to tailor her approach to meet their developing needs precisely. Parents value the opportunity this gives them to keep in touch with their child's day as the childminder is able to 'post' observations and alert the parents at work by email that a new observation is online.

Children behave well. They show respect for each other and for the home as the childminder provides clear boundaries and expectations. Children help to tidy up an activity if they want to play with something else and show concern for each other, offering to put the bib on a younger child. Children display a high level of maturity and would benefit from the opportunity to develop their own rules in order to increase the level of ownership they have for the setting.

Their health is extremely well promoted as the childminder excludes children with infectious illnesses in order to protect the well-being of others. Clear hand washing routines, before meals and after visiting the toilet, help children understand how to take care of their own health. The newly developed outside area provides plenty of opportunity for active play and exploration. Organic, freshly prepared meals, often with home-grown produce, complete the childminder's approach to providing the best.

Here is a link to my OFSTED inspection - http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/CARE/EY348628

It also shows my previous inspection from 2007.