A pair of Seaford childminders have been praised by Ofsted after achieving an outstanding rating – the highest given by the watchdog.
Angela and Martin Robards have been working as childminders in Seaford for more than 15 years and have completed a range of additional training courses to improve their skills.
The couple received their rating on Thursday, August 20 following a visit at the beginning of August.
Ofsted inspector, Rebecca Khabbzi, praised the couple’s skills.
She said: “They plan activities based on children’s interests and needs and children are actively involved in this process. This helps ensure that children are very well prepared for their next stage in learning and for school.
“The childminder skilfully guides and supports children to try things for themselves.”
The couple say they are both delighted with the oustanding rating from Ofsted.
Angela said, “We work so hard to provide fun and interesting learning activities for the children which include cooking, craft, gardening, outside play and weekly outings to say the forest or beach.
“While there is a huge amount of paperwork nowadays, which takes over our evenings, it is so rewarding seeing each child develop and be able to make a positive impact on their young lives.
“We have lovely children and having a good working relationship with all the parents has a real benefit to the children for which we are extremely grateful.”
Among other training, Martin and Angela have completed specialised courses to look after children with Autism and special educational needs.
Martin said, “We have been continually reflecting and enhancing our practice. We regularly undertake and refresh training and use the good practices in our setting.
“We have received special needs training to ensure that all children are included in activities and have cared for a child with complex disabilities for nearly seven years now.
“We are also grateful for the help and advice received from our daughter, Nicola who has also worked in childcare in local primary schools as part of her childcare course.”
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