I just found myself wandering around the house constantly, wondering to myself whether to move this or that. Formulating possible to answers for any questions she might have etc. As the morning progressed, I really thought the OFSTED inspector wasn't coming, she arrived about 11pm. She is one of these lovely people who is able to put you at ease immediately. We sat in the garden, watched the children play, chatted, she observed while the children and I played with a punch balloon I've tied to the washing line. Then we came in for lunch and the children had pasta with tomatoe and mascapone sauce and salad. The inspector appeared very happy that the children were offered salad.
Then once lunch was eaten, I took C upstairs for her nap, the inspector came up briefly just to check the upstairs areas were safe, then she went back downstairs while I settled C. Much to my utter relief, she thought my observtions, planning, risk assessments, policies, permission slips, etc were really good and she said that while I need to look at how to develop the observation, assessment and planning folder - I'd made a really good start. So very chuffed with that. In fact, she made 3 recommendations:
- Look to develop the observation folder.
- Link with other childminders and childminding groups and share good practice.
- Cover the gravel in the garden.
After she left, I fallopped and enjoyed a well earned cup of nettle tea and Rye enjoyed colouring in some the sheets I'd printed for him, off the internet. Today, has been really good, just really nice to know that what I've been doing is good, the inspector is happy, C is happy, mum is happy. Oh, bless C's mum, she wrote me a lovely letter for the inspector, raving about how happy she was with my service, how well C has come on etc. :-) A wonderfully positive and affirming day.
Oh incidently the punch balloons, I bought a pack of 5 from the Works for 99p and to my utter joy they are biodegradable balloons too!