Childcare by Esme Funnell

Ofsted registered childminder

Downham Market - Norfolk

Telephone 01366 381517

 Mobile 07771 632 958

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My 1st Ofsted inspection took place on 27th July 2011. I was re inspected in 2016 whilst on maternity leave, due to this I had no children on role at the time of the inspection.


It is possible to acheive one of 4 overall grades and these are broken down into 14 graded key areas linked to The Early Years Foundation Stage.


The key inspection judgements and what they mean:


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

Good: this aspect of the provision is strong

Satisfactory: this aspect of the provision is sound

Inadequate: this aspect of the provision is not good enough



I was proud to be awarded an overall grade of Good.


A few paragraphs from the report can be read below:


The overall effectiveness of the early years provision


Overall the quality of the provision is good.


Children's individual needs are met because the childminder knows them well and uses sensitive observations of their play and learning to plan for their progress. Children are settled and confident in the childminder's care and have built up good relationships with her. Useful information is provided for parents about the service, and a daily exchange of information takes place about children's care. The childminder evaluates her practice in order to identify areas for improvement and is committed to providing and maintaining a high quality service.


The effectiveness of leadership and management of the early years provision


Children are effectively safeguarded from the risk of abuse or neglect because the childminder and members of her household have had the necessary checks. She has a clear policy on safeguarding and is aware of her responsibility to refer any concerns she may have about children's welfare. She has attended safeguarding training and has all the relevant information to be able to take appropriate action


Children are cared for in a safe and secure environment. Detailed risk assessments have been carried out on all areas of the property and a separate risk assessment is carried out for each type of outing. In addition, thorough daily checks take place to ensure that the environment is safe. Necessary equipment is in place such as socket covers and stair gates and children are well supervised at all times. Pets are managed in such a way as to pose no health and safety risks to children, for example the dog is kept in a kennel in the garden and children are closely supervised if they do come into contact with the pets. Fire prevention equipment is present and tested frequently. A fire evacuation is practised monthly to ensure that the childminder and the children know what to do in the event of a fire or emergency. Children are able to select resources independently. Toys and equipment are well organised and stored in boxes which are clearly labelled with print and pictures to encourage children to select items for themselves and to put toys away when they have finished with them. Children are able to play outside when they want to and the childminder makes available additional items for them as needed. The childminder has good relationship with parents and keeps in touch with them about their children using telephone calls and texts. Daily diaries and regular verbal exchanges also keep parents well informed. An informative prospectus outlines the provision's policies and procedures.


Parents see their children's learning records at regular intervals and share some information about what children are learning. However, systems are not yet fully developed to encourage all parents to contribute to the assessment process their own knowledge of children's achievements and starting points across all the areas of learning. The childminder is aware of the need to communicate with other providers when children attend other settings to ensure effective continuity and progression, although she has not yet established systems to do this. The childminder is keen to develop the service and reflects on what she does, in order to evaluate her practice and identify ways to improve.


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


Children make good progress in the childminder's care. The childminder has a good knowledge of how they are developing and uses her observations of their play to plan the next steps for their progress, for example, children who are beginning to enjoy rhymes are provided with activities which encourage them to remember the rhymes and fill in the missing words. Children communicate confidently with the childminder who interacts well with them, getting down to their level and repeating words and phrases to promote their emerging language skills. Paper and pencils are available for children to draw, write and make marks. Children become familiar with print as they get out the place mats, which they have made, with their name on, for snack or selected items from the labelled boxes. Children become familiar with numbers and counting as the childminder counts with them as they play with the play dough saying 'how many wiggly worms have you got?'. Matching number puzzles, construction and shape sorters help children to become familiar with shapes and problem solving.