Michelle Archer wanted to share with us her story about how hard she’s worked to gain ‘outstanding’ as a childminder and how proud she is to have received the highest rating from Ofsted once again:
Michelle Archer, a registered childminder in Detling, knows a lot about the journey of continual improvement to gain ‘outstanding’. She currently cares for 11 children at her setting with the help of her apprentice.
In 2005, she was awarded ‘satisfactory’ in her first inspection. Six years and a lot of hard work later, Michelle got ‘outstanding’ in 2011. She has been rated ‘outstanding’ again after a recent Ofsted inspection at the end of 2015.
The inspector who visited the setting said in her report: “The childminder and her assistants plan an excellent and exciting educational programme, which captures the children’s interest across highly inspiring indoor and outdoor play areas.”
The Ofsted inspector also said in her report that each child in the setting was ‘extremely well behaved’ and that ‘Parents are fully involved in their children’s learning.’
She added: “The childminder is extremely knowledgeable and fully understands her roles and responsibilities. She makes excellent use of training and support networks to keep well informed about current best practice.”
Michelle is also helping a staff member to complete her NVQ Level 2 in Childcare, as Michelle has her Level 3 in Home-Based Childcare, completed in 2011. Michelle has also recently completed her Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce in 2015.
Michelle is over the moon about the results of her inspection and says, “With hard work and determination you are able to achieve your goals.”