Suddenly my childminding application seems to be progressing again and I appear to be on schedule for registering by September. This is good news of course but I do also feel a wave of anxiety! I thought I’d briefly list the tasks I’ve completed to date and those on my to do list for the next few months.

Completed March – mid-April

  1. I bought myself a shiny new laptop which has had a lot of use over the last month. A huge cost for me but necessary to complete online training, build my website and for planning, resources and tracking once up and running.
  2. I applied for DBS checks for myself and my husband. These are needed for everyone living at your address aged over 16. I also applied to the update service which will keep the DBS certificate up to date. The DBS certificates took about 4 weeks to be processed and I’ve just received both.
  3. I attended a briefing session run by the local authority. This was an excellent morning where I received a lot of information and advice as to the application process and more broadly as to the role of a childminder.
  4. I completed an online training course run by Childmindinguk.com. I completed the course online in my evenings and weekends and found it informative and well presented. I will definitely review all modules several more times before my registration as they covered an awful lot of information.
  5. We survived a mammoth IKEA trip with both boys in tow to buy some new toy storage and furniture. By pushing our mostly redundant dining table to the edge of the room we have created a wonderful play room in the lounge. I wish we’d done this ages ago because it is a lovely space. I now have the storage to be able to rotate toys and resources which has transformed the way the boys play at home.

To do in April and May

  1. I am booked onto a paediatric first aid course in mid-May over 2 weekends.
  2. A level 2 food hygiene course. Although not compulsory for my application I am keen to do this and can complete the training online. A definitive plus when childcare is so tricky.
  3. Garden improvements! I am looking forward to this although as it requires a lot of input from my other half as well it’s taking a while to get around to. Not that he’s reluctant! But we have so little time when we can both get to work on a project. We have plans to create an additional playhouse/ fort, improve the decking and make safe the garden boundaries.
  4. There are several diy jobs to get done around the house, mostly things like installing child locks onto cupboards (which we never seemed to get around to after nearly 4 years of kids!)
  5. I have to start writing policies, risk assessments, advertising etc
  6. Start the Ofsted application form and await my pre-inspection visit!

In summary I’ve spent an awful lot of money and there are still quite a few things to achieve before submitting my application. But I’m beginning to feel like I’m getting somewhere at last!