Official: Janet’s an outstanding childminder

'Outstanding' childminder Janet Lewis with youngsters Brooke Chapman and Hannah De'Soyza.
'Outstanding' childminder Janet Lewis with youngsters Brooke Chapman and Hannah De'Soyza.

OFSTED has rated a Spalding childminder as “outstanding” for the second time.

Janet Lewis, of Cool to Care Childminding, has been registered since 1995 and is “very proud” to have been given the rating for the second inspection in a row.

Anna Davies carried out the inspection on January 24, and gave Mrs Lewis an “outstanding” in all but one area.

She was very impressed with the “extensive range of play and learning opportunities” including a new covered outdoor play area and also commented that children feel a “strong sense of belonging” and “thrive and make rapid progress” under her care.

The report also states how all aspects of a child’s development are covered, such as supporting speech development, learning to share and gaining their independence.

Children are also given opportunities to develop their writing and reading skills, as well as learn about nature and the wider world by taking part in appeals to help children less fortunate than themselves.

The inspector was also very positive about child welfare saying “all documentation which safeguards children’s health is maintained to a high standard”. She also commented on how children are taught about hygiene and healthy eating from a young age.

Mrs Lewis, based in Tollgate, looks after children from ages one to 11 and is currently taking an open university degree in Childhood and Youth Studies.

She said; “After the degree I would like to stay in childcare, but it would be nice become an Ofsted inspector for early years provision.

“I am obviously very proud to have been rated outstanding, particularly because it’s hard to balance everything when you’re doing a degree at the same time.”