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lunavix · 17/06/2005 19:38
I'm on ADs and as you know I'm a CM!
The important thing would be to talk to your doctor and see how they feel. They will write the medical report to pass on to Ofsted, and if you sit down and discuss how you feel you are ready, chances are they will pass that on. If it comes to them out of the blue, they might comment upon it.
lunavix · 17/06/2005 19:42
Definately. Sounds like a great thing to do, I love it
If you are seriously then DEFINATELY go to the GP and discuss this. WHen you have the forms for the GP to fill in, if you feel they might have 'forgotten' you, then go back for an appointment as a reminder. Try to also rule out the possibility of another GP filling your forms in just from your notes as they may not look so rosy if they don't know you (and this could happen for example if your GP is on holiday)
Xena · 17/06/2005 19:57
No it was past tense and the pre reg meeting they said that all types of depression were 'looked at'. I think thou that in her case it wasn't made on the judgement of the inspector but by a panel. She now quite a few years on has had her numbers increased.
Essbee as I'm sure lunavix will tell you the whole childminding thing has got a whole lot harder recently with the different style of inspections etc and there is alot of paper work. I think that it would be a good idea to be 'sorted' before you start childminding.
Xena · 17/06/2005 20:05
Just something to think about, but i'm going to be employing another childminder in my home (and increasing my numbers) we will work together (although i'll be the boss ). Maybe you could find someone local to you who you could do that with and as you would be registered as a childminder yourself when you are 'sorted' you could have a safety inspection on your own home and carry on there. IYSWIM
ThePrisoner · 19/06/2005 23:44
I know a childminder who was registered whilst seeing a psychiatrist as an outpatient, was on anti-depressants (and still is) - and there were no problems at all. If you ring OFSTED, ensure you get someone senior who actually knows what they are talking about. What is a great shame is that the parents who have this childminder are unaware of her history, mainly because of the stigma of "mental illness" and the possible lack of understanding they may have.
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