Sally Wright - The Ark Childminding / The Ark Groups
Are you ready for your inspection?
Why has this only just been created? This is a fantastic programme which helps to consolidate all you need to know in one place and helps promote an ethos of reflective practice. I have been working through this online programme, just popping in and out when I get a few moments. That is the first big plus as the process of doing small snippets of CPD works really well for me and it has ignited something in me to review and update my paperwork and practice. That’s got to be a good thing!
I am a childminder and I have 2 assistants. I have been graded outstanding in all of my inspections to date (3 in total!) and am not due an inspection for another 12 months! My colleague has asked if I would need such a programme? ABSOLUTELY. None of us know everything and there is always room for improvement in every provision. I think accessing this now so far in advance of an inspection will help me when the time arrives, so instead of ‘losing the plot’ following ‘The Call’ I can just pop back on and mentally refresh my requirements for a positive inspection. My advice is don’t leave it until the last minute.
I honestly think this is a great tool for best practice (inspections aside) and comes at an especially crucial time with all the local authority cutbacks.
I haven’t rolled this out to my assistants yet as I firstly wanted to work through it and find out what is going to be the most effective way for us to access the training. It’s so versatile in the sense that you can adapt how you work through it to suit your provision and team. I feel really excited about sharing this programme and as I have found, Ofsted really want to see how I am supporting my staff and developing them professionally. I’m sure the fact that we have worked through this together can only be seen as excellent practice.
Vanessa’s knowledge and her experience as an Ofsted inspector gives us the assurance that she knows what she is talking about, but you only need to ‘follow’ her journey to see what passion she has and how committed she is to our wonderful sector.
A fantastic resource Vanessa. Thank you.