Outstanding Ofsted for Isle childminder

Childminder Alex Heighington, of Epworth has received an excellent Ofsted report. Picture: Marie Caley E0273MC
Childminder Alex Heighington, of Epworth has received an excellent Ofsted report. Picture: Marie Caley E0273MC

Mother of two Alex, who lives on Burnham Road in Epworth, only joined the Early Years Register in 2011 but has already impressed government inspectors with her work.

The Ofsted report highlighted that she has established excellent working relationships with parents, working extremely closely with them to ensure children’s individual needs are very well met.

Inspectors said: “She provides a broad range of interesting, exciting and challenging learning opportunities for each child, enabling them to make outstanding progress in their learning and development. “Safeguarding children is given the highest priority by the childminder; she has thorough risk assessments for the premises and outings to ensure the safety of children at all times. The childminder organises her day totally around the needs of the children, promoting an ethos where children are warmly welcomed and valued as unique individuals. The environment is organised in a highly effective manner and all resources are of excellent quality.”

Alex told the Bells/Advertiser: “After having my own children I felt deeply and passionately that childcare was where my heart lay and I began a journey, changing careers and returning to education to learn much about children’s learning and development.

“I worked hard and feel elated at the outcome. I now feel more than confident that the children in my care will benefit and reach their full personal potential.”

Alex is also a member of the National Childminding Association and registered on to Step one of the North Lincolnshire’s Steps to Quality assurance scheme for childcare providers.