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Description of the     childminding 

The childminder lives in Clapham, in the London borough of Lambeth. All of the rooms can be used for childminding purposes. 

The childminder is registered on the Early Years Register and the compulsory and voluntary parts of the Childcare Register. Currently there are two children in the early years age range on roll.

The childminder is a member of the National Childminding Association.

Overall effectiveness of the early years provision

The childminder promotes all aspects of children's welfare and learning well. Children are safe and secure at all times and make good progress in her care. All children are included, their backgrounds valued and their care and development supported well by the childminder who has a good knowledge of each child's individual needs. There is a close working partnership with parents which contributes to ensuring the needs of all children are effectively met and the parents are kept informed about  their children's learning. The childminder strives to improve her provision and has included the views of parents in the evaluation of her service.    





The leadership and management of the early years provision

Good partnerships between parents and the childminder have been established and ensure each child's needs are met. The childminder shares her comprehensive polices and procedures with parents and ensures they each receive a copy as well as a detailed welcome pack. The childminder obtains the appropriate written consents from parents for different aspects of children's care to ensure their wishes are respected. There is a good two way flow of communication, with communication books for the younger children; this helps children experience consistent care between home and the setting. The information about the children's learning is also available in the individual child profiles that the childminder is currently developing.

Children's welfare is supported well. They are kept safe because the childminder demonstrates a clear understanding of her responsibilities in this area. Her good practice is underpinned by comprehensive written policies and the daily visual risk assessments she carries out. The childminder takes appropriate action to ensure that the home and surrounding environments are safe places for children to play.

The childminder continually reflects on her practice. For example, she regularly updates her knowledge through reading relevant information on the internet and in child development books.  Parents' views are also sought by way of questionnaires when looking at ways to continually improve her service.


The quality and standards of the early years provision

The childminder supports children's learning effectively and provides them with a wide variety of experiences that help them make good progress in their learning and development. Children are confident in the childminder's home and self-select their chosen toys and activities, which are set out at low levels, which supports the children's independence. The childminder spends most of her time at the children's level, interacting and playing with them, giving them all her attention when they are in her care.

The childminder is very warm and caring towards the children and is responsive to their needs, giving them lots of cuddles and affection. She consistently praises the children and talks to them about what they are doing, using repetition to encourage their understanding and language development, as they play with the musical instruments, for example. 

Children enjoy frequent visits to local parks and community groups, where they are able to mix with a variety of different people, which contributes to them learning about others and themselves, thus enhancing their understanding of diversity. The childminder encourages children's early literacy development through day to day activities, as when they listen to nursery rhymes, cuddle up for a story and chant little rhymes as they wash hands, for example.

The childminder knows the children very well, and has stated to keep relevant records of children's progress and achievements and shares these with parents on a regular basis. She uses her observations to think about the next steps for children's learning, however at present these are not matched to the early learning goals or used as a basis for the following week's planning.

Clear procedures are in place to promote the well being of sick children and for dealing with accidents and the administration of medication. A wealth of written policies are shared and agreed with parents.

The childminder encourages healthy eating, including the drinking of water and eating of fresh fruit.  Children are safe in the childminder's care as all adults are suitably checked and she assesses potential risks and takes appropriate action to remove any hazards. The childminder talks to the children about keeping safe, explaining road safety to older children, for example, when walking to school or the local park. Children learn good social skills because the childminder is a good role model and reinforces this by offering lots of praise and encouragement for good behaviour.


Annex A: record of inspection judgements

The key inspection judgements and what they mean


Grade 1 is Outstanding: this aspect of the provision is of exceptionally high quality

Grade 2 is Good: this aspect of the provision is strong

Grade 3 is Satisfactory: this aspect of the provision is sound

Grade 4 is Inadequate: this aspect of the provision is not good enough



   Overall effectiveness


How effective is the provision in meeting the needs of children in the Early Years Foundation Stage?


How well does the provision promote inclusive practice?


The capacity of the provision to maintain continuous improvement.



   Leadership and management


How effectively is provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage led and managed?


How effective is the setting’s self-evaluation, including the steps taken to promote improvement?


How well does the setting work in partnership with parents and others?


How well are children safeguarded?



   Quality and standards

How effectively are children in the Early Years Foundation Stage helped to learn and develop?


How effectively is the welfare of children in the Early Years Foundation Stage promoted?


How well are children helped to stay safe?


How well are children helped to be healthy?


How well are children helped to enjoy and achieve?


How well are children helped to make a positive contribution?


How well are children helped develop skills that will contribute to their future economic well-being?



Any complaints about the inspection or report should be made following the procedures set out in the guidance available from Ofsted’s website:

  Annex B: the Childcare Register

The provider confirms that the requirements of the compulsory part of the Childcare Register are:


The provider confirms that the requirements of the voluntary part of the Childcare Register are:


Annex C: complaint/s made to Ofsted

 This section of the report includes details of any complaint/s made to Ofsted when:

  • we took action for the provider to meet the requirements of the Early Years Register; or
  • we asked the provider to take action in order to meet the requirements of the Early Years Register; or
  • the provider had already taken any necessary action to meet the requirements of the Early Years Register.

 We will not report on any complaint where the provider met the requirements of the Early Years Register or did not require any action by Ofsted or the registered provider.

  Detail of the complaint/s

 There have been no complaints made to Ofsted since registration.

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