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Any childminder's in Gillingham?

(16 Posts)
louisse28 Sun 20-Mar-05 22:33:41

Hi there. I will soon( hopefully) be a registered childminder and was wondering whether there were any other childminder's in the area.
My Ofsted inspection is on Wednesday, and assuming that goes well I should be up and running in no time. Therefore, it would be nice to chat about the logistics of childminding with somebody who understand!!
I look forward to hearing from anybody

Enid Sun 20-Mar-05 22:36:51

ah waitrose and the funny farm! Not a childminder but I go to gillingham quite often!

louisse28 Sun 20-Mar-05 22:40:23

Why did you just leave that message, if it had nothing to do with you?

Enid Sun 20-Mar-05 22:42:11

well you did say you look forward to hearing from anybody and I thought you may not wish to miss a chance to share the joys of gillingham

louisse28 Sun 20-Mar-05 22:43:55

Right.
Actually I was hoping to make contact with some childminder's....

Enid Sun 20-Mar-05 22:44:56

well keep your hair on, I'm sure someone will come along if you wait long enough

rickman Sun 20-Mar-05 22:46:44

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louisse28 Sun 20-Mar-05 22:50:28

Excuse me, I am not here to be ridiculed Enid, your out of line. I am just looking for a chat with other childminders...

rickman Sun 20-Mar-05 22:51:39

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Enid Sun 20-Mar-05 22:54:38

sorry if you live in gillingham kent rather than gillingham dorset you must have thought I was barking

louisse28 Sun 20-Mar-05 22:58:07

Sorry I over-reacted, all these sleepless nights play havoc with your sense of humour... Sorry, and yes I live in Gillingham in Kent..

blodwen Sun 20-Mar-05 23:00:28

I am a childminder, but I don't live in either Gillingham. Sorry. I can do childminder chat though, and wish you luck with you inspection on Wednesday.

louisse28 Sun 20-Mar-05 23:06:03

What is the inspector looking for, as I have a real problem with people checking out all my rooms?

alibubbles Mon 21-Mar-05 10:29:13

Childminder of 18 years expereince here.

What's the problem with the inspector checking out your rooms? If the children are to be allowed to use them, the inspector has to be satisfied about cleanliness and safety. They are not looking to see if they are tidy or rummage through your personal possessions!

If you don't intemd to use up[stairs for minding, thern they won't go upstairs, but if you only have an upstaires tpilet they will inspect that and any sleeping are for children that is upstairs.

They will check, sockets, leads, curtain pulls, cupboard catches,window locks, door locks, safety catch on washing machine and tumble drier etc.just to name a few

You should have the booklet preparing for an ofsted visit, it can be downloaded from the Ofsted site.

Just follow the National Standards gudelines, all the info on watch they will ask to see and look at is in there.

Good luck

KatieMac Mon 21-Mar-05 21:54:51

Good Luck Louise....we do lots of childminding chat over in the Childminding section.....do join us

mumomum Tue 22-Mar-05 17:07:00

Hi, I'm from the Gillingham area and I've went through a Childminding ofsted inspection last year. The inspector was really nice and things were a lot easier than expected. Ask any question and I'm sure I can help. Good luck

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