I have filled in a ridiculously long self-evaluation form and a detailed weekly planner, stating which days/times I have children, ready to have my inspection.
Inspector phoned last week to confirm days/times that children will be here.
She turned up this morning, told me she was here to do inspection and looked very unimpressed when I informed her that I don't have children on a Monday morning.
I got the distinct impression she thought it was my fault she'd had a wasted trip and ended up booking an appointment next week to come back out and do the inspection because, apparently, I am very hard to pin down .
Also, I caused some confusion by using MN-speak on the form - she thought 'Mindee' was the name of a child I was looking after - but surely she must have thought it strange that I'd be looking after 5 children called 'Mindee' as I had been referring to Mindee1, Mindee2 etc .
Roll on next week to get this over and done with!!
She had a detailed timetable of when I would have children with me and she also phoned to confirm exactly when I'd have children so I'm assuming that it was important that there be children here when the inspection took place hence why she rearranged.
I was just a bit put out that she implied that I had inconvenienced her by not working when she turned up eventhough I never have a child on a Monday morning as per my detailed timetable and phone convo with her!!
HSMM - I was glad it took me a few minutes to work out who she was referring to when she said I was supposed to be looking after 'Mindy' - otherwise I would have, very inappropriately, started sniggering .
Oh no, what's this Self-Evaluation form you're talking about?! I'm in the process of filling out the application form (am in Wales too) and that's complicated and long-winded enough, don't tell me there's ANOTHER form after this one??!
It's as tedious as part 2 . It's similar to part 2 but you also have to include where your strengths/weaknesses are and how you can improve in each area.
When your inspection is due, you'll be sent the forms (also parent questionnaires, and an information form to find out how many children you have and when you have them) then you have 28days to fill them in and return them. Once the inspector has read them, they'll come out to do inspection.
I have a vague memory of being told about this at my registration inspection but it was a very brief mention and I certainly didn't expect the amount that needs to be done. I'm sure most people just sail through it all but I feel terribly disorganised and a bit daunted by it all. I'm sure next years inspection will be a lot less stressful when I know what to expect!
My inspector found opening my evidence folder and reading the LABELLED IN BOLD contents sheet too much and I had to get everything out for her, poor love. She said 'Oh you get it, I can never find anything.' At which point she hadn't even looked inside the damn thing to try. She found my planning sheet particulalry tricky, what with my weekly aims hidden at the top of the page, in plain view. And these 'professionals' are judging OUR competence??