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Rhynie childminders receive 'excellent' inspection report

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Wellie Boots childminding have received excellent ratings
Wellie Boots childminding have received excellent ratings

A Rhynie based childminding service has been praised by inspectors who rated it excellent for care, play and learning.

Wellie Boots is owned by Sharon and Peter Stoneman who provide a childminding service from their home in the town.

As Sharon explained: "As parents ourselves we understand how important it is to ensure your child can access high quality childcare. 

"In December 2019 we relocated to Rhynie, from nearby Kennethmont.

"We are in a family home on the main street and we have an outdoor area at the back along with a designated playroom and downstairs toilet for childminding use. 

"We are a child led service and offer a wide range of activities to meet children's individual needs and working with a small number of children means that all children are well cared for and benefit from a high level of adult support."

In the inspection report, there was praise for the approach taken, with children empowered to lead their own play and learning.

Children were supported to feel safe, loved and secure as both childminders had develop nurturing relationships with them and caring relationships with their parents.

Wellie Boots childminding have received excellent ratings
Wellie Boots childminding have received excellent ratings

For example it stated: "The childminder listened carefully to the children when she invited them to help plan the day ahead, gently reminding them of what they had done the previous day and supporting them with options.

"With the plan for the day agreed, the childminder followed the children's lead as they played in the main playroom, and later when they went out into the community."

Meaningful and regular communications with families ensured that children's individuality was exceptionally well supported and respected and that there were daily , high-quality opportunities to play outdoors.

Both childminders were extremely committed to professional development and demonstrated this, which led to exceptional outcomes for children.

The service received -

How good is our care, play and learning - 6 - Excellent.

How good is our setting - 5 - Very Good.

How good is our leadership - 5 - Very Good.

How good is our staff team - 6 - Excellent.

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