In 2008/2009, only 9% childminders were graded 'Outstanding' but with 55% making 'Good' and 30% 'Satisfactory', there's little to worry about in the provision of childcare on the whole. But what makes turns a Good childminder into an Outstanding one?
OFTSED recognise a number of features that contribute towards the award of an Outstanding review, and it's largely not about what you do in your setting, but what goes on around and outside of it.
The overwhelming contributing factors highlighted by OFSTED are those of continual reflection and improvement...childminders must never stand still! Factors include:-
Having all the toys in the world, cooking the best food or playing the best games with your children alone won't achieve Outstanding status. An Oustanding childminder almost needs to treat their work as a career rather than a job.
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