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Inspection in the morning - house not ready!

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artyjoe Wed 10-Aug-05 14:08:45

Got the inspection in the morning and the house isn't completed, the builders are still building decking and putting down skirting boards and finishing the kitchen...I have an awful feeling the inspector is a dragon as she specifically said 'if it is not ready by Thursday you will have to withdraw your application'.

Lets just hope what is done is going to impress her enough to pass us. I just hope we don't get an 'inadequate' just on the strength of skirting boards not being finished!

Wish me luck - Joe

katymac Wed 10-Aug-05 14:17:21

Don't worry I didn't have electric(extension leads everywhere) no flooring and only part of a roof,and I got throu'

HellyBelly Wed 10-Aug-05 15:16:11

Is this a first inspection for becoming a minder? If so, they don't grade you at this point.

artyjoe Wed 10-Aug-05 22:51:46

This is my first inspection, and I thought we would be graded now. When do we get graded then?

Still panicking!

katymac Thu 11-Aug-05 07:32:18

They will give you a grade when they have seen you minding (usually within 6 months)

They can't judge your minding until they have seen you do some.

You will be fine, do lots of lists....
"what I will do when...."
"what my policies will be"
"what multicultural toys I will buy/borrow"
"where I will keep my confidential documntation"

Have you a first aid box? - show her
Have you started on your policies (or just decided what they will be) - show her

Keep calm, make her a cup of tea (and ask her to keep it out of the reach of your own children) and remember she isn't trying to catch you out

HellyBelly Thu 11-Aug-05 07:55:10


feelingold Thu 11-Aug-05 08:42:02

It's not as daunting as you may think, I was really nervous but my inspectors have been really nice so far for both visits.
Good luck and be confident, you can do it!!

artyjoe Thu 11-Aug-05 14:40:43

Quick update!

She's been here 4.5 hours so far! My interview with her was 3 hours long! My partner went in at 2pm for his and then we come together at the end and chat some this normal?

After my interview she said she was surprised by how much thought and effort we had obviously put into what we were doing and thinks my attitude and knowledge are to be commended...really really excellent and a beautiful surrounding Lets hope she has the same to say about DP!


HellyBelly Thu 11-Aug-05 17:34:17

Great, well done! Not sure if it's normal but mine inspection certainly didn't last that long! She didn't meet dh but he wasn't registering.

lunavix Thu 11-Aug-05 17:53:10

Well done

katymac Thu 11-Aug-05 20:01:55

to register a new room took nearly 3 hrs for me so you are doing well

Lots of luck - hope it went well

artyjoe Thu 11-Aug-05 20:22:17

Finally all finished! She's fine to support the numbers we want and basically said we were fab!

It took just over 7 hours though...and in that time she never went to the loo... she's like a camel!

The only thing she could pick up on was the decking wasn't finished, but I had two carpenters working on it at the time! Very relieved. Wish I could have a drink now but I'm absteining until January - damn. Thanks for all your support - Joe

katymac Thu 11-Aug-05 21:11:16

How many are you registered for?

artyjoe Thu 11-Aug-05 23:05:56

12 under eights, with only 6 of them under five (but this ends up being 5 due to our daughter being 6 months)...she is yet to decide if we can have another under 1...but we are not pushing for this.

Having said this, we have no intention of having more than 6 at any one time, with 3 mindees under 5. We really want to keep the numbers down so as not to dilute the care we give.

Lets just hope people want us now! x

bambi06 Thu 11-Aug-05 23:10:08

7 hrs blimey, i think i would have hit the gin bottle the minute she left!!

katymac Fri 12-Aug-05 07:55:06

Good for you that's close to how we started, we now have 9 under 5's

But you find as you do it longer you can cope with more, it will start off with an afternoon with an extra one for an hour and within a year you will be up to your limit. It's hard to turn them away when you have capacity

Loads of luck

HellyBelly Fri 12-Aug-05 08:12:45

Well done, sounds great!

Presuming that the extra numbers are because both you and dh are being registered?

Out of interest, if my dh wants to register so that he's allowed to look after mindee's if I needed to pop out etc, does this involve attending the same course etc as I did (ICP)? Just wondered as this may be something we want to do in the future.

(sorry to hijack!)

artyjoe Fri 12-Aug-05 08:50:53

Hiya, he will need to do the ICP and the paediatric first aid course.

Both myself and my DP will be fully registered but we'll also have a childminding assistant.

Got a headache this morning, think those 7 hours have taken their toll!

HellyBelly Fri 12-Aug-05 09:33:15

Cheers artyjoe, that confirms what I thought! Will keep that in mind for when we get a bigger house one day!

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