One woman band is Oftsed outstanding

Childminder Clair Wooding with (from left) Bella Munton (3), Grace Hammond (4) and Oliver Baker (1). SG270215-152TW
Childminder Clair Wooding with (from left) Bella Munton (3), Grace Hammond (4) and Oliver Baker (1). SG270215-152TW
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Childminder Clair Wooding has reached the peak where educating youngsters is concerned.

Clair (48), a one woman band working from home in Holbeach St Marks, has achieved the top grade of outstanding in her latest Ofsted report.

With so much in the news about parents struggling to meet childcare costs, Clair has decided to speak out about the more affordable option of using accredited childminders.

She said: “We are just like mini little nurseries or pre-schools, we are just on a smaller scale, and I don’t think people tend to realise that.

“I take children from birth to age 12.

“I am also an accredited childminder as well which means I can take Government funding for some two-year-olds and all three and four-year-olds as well as employers’ vouchers.”

Clair, who has two children Elloise (16) and Libby (11), became a childminder 15 years ago and has lived in Holbeach St Marks for five years.

Her previous Ofsted inspection was good overall, with some outstanding elements, but now she’s made a clean sweep with all elements judged outstanding.

As well as running her own business, called Holbeach Childcare, Clair runs a childminder drop-in sessions for other childminders to attend at Holbeach St Marks Village Hall.

She said: “I have also signed up to be an early years mentor as well, mentoring other childminders around the area who are struggling and who don’t have very good Ofsteds, or newly registered childminders who are about to start out.”