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Trying to look up ofstead reports please help me!

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makedoandmend Thu 13-Aug-09 13:46:10

I've got the postcodes of some CMs and have been told that I can look up the ofstead reports using them. However the only thing I can see on the ofstead site is a postcode search where I put my postcode in and it gives me lots of ofstead reports for the CMs within a five mile radius. I've tried putting in the CMs postcode but get a huge list of CMs (everyone within a five mile radius of her postcode)

Am I missing something? blush

Katymac Thu 13-Aug-09 13:52:24

You can change 5 miles to 1 mile

like this don't know if it will help

makedoandmend Thu 13-Aug-09 13:54:41

That comes up as five miles on mine. Did it say one mile when you set the link?

makedoandmend Thu 13-Aug-09 13:57:07

Is the CM nearest the top the nearest - ie likely to be the one I'm looking for?
Rang ofstead - no use, rang CIS - no use

chandellina Thu 13-Aug-09 14:16:47

yes - if you have their postcode, you will almost certainly get their ofsted report first. if you know any other info - such as how long they've been childminding, that will let you verify it is indeed that person.

Katymac Thu 13-Aug-09 15:01:24

The address line (where you would type www.etc) should have +1 mile at the end which means it is childminders within 1 mile of that postcode

Katymac Thu 13-Aug-09 15:02:04

You have to replace the +5 miles with +1 mile (iyswim)

squirrel42 Thu 13-Aug-09 15:41:22

If you want to use the childminder, ask them what their URN is then you could just search for that?

The info our FIS [the old CIS] sends out has the cms URN number on the information sheets - but don't base your decision entirely on their Ofsted report...............

When you visit a cm they should have their latest report available - unless they've just registered. I have mine in my portfolio and prospective parents can view it anytime.

makedoandmend Thu 13-Aug-09 18:43:12

Thanks everyone have now cracked it (I think) grin

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