See below quotations taken from my OFSTED report 9th November 2012
The childminder is an extremely positive role model and builds warm relationships with children, which helps them to form secure attachments. Children behave exceptionally well in the setting. This is because the childminder offers clear explanations and involves the children in decision making.
Highly effective systems of observation and assessment are used to accurately monitor children's progress as they work towards the early learning goals. The childminder undertakes baseline assessments, which allow her to know children's starting points when they first start attending, so that she can plan to develop their knowledge further.
The childminder gives the highest priority to ensuring she offers a high level of quality care and excellence practice to children and families. She continually evaluates and rigorously reviews her procedures and documentation, and this helps to ensure that constant improvements are identified and effectively undertaken.
The environment is highly engaging with a wealth of resources which are very accessible, allowing children to make independent choices. The childminder plans activities based on children's interests and what she knows they need to learn next.
The childminder creates innovative learning opportunities throughout the day and children quickly become engrossed in activities and learning. The childminder has highly successful partnerships with parents and other professionals which support children's individual needs superbly well.
Children are knowledgeable about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and discuss topics, such as healthy food, strong muscles and keeping fit. They develop an understanding of healthy eating through a range of nutritious snacks and meals.
The childminder gives the highest priority to children's safety. She has rigorous written risk assessments in place which cover aspects of the home, indoors and outdoors and ensures children's safety when they are on trips and outings. This means that children are exceptionally well protected and have an understanding of the safety of others.
Overall, the childminder creates a warm and friendly environment where children relish in learning, confidently asking questions and exhibiting a high level of engagement as they partake in a wide range of different activities.