A CHILDMINDER has been rated “outstanding” by Ofsted for the third time in a row.
Theresa Collins, who runs the business from her home in Lovell Close,Â Henley, was inspected earlier this year.
The inspector’s report said she was “skilled” and “highly ambitious”.
It added: “She uses highly effective strategies to meet the needs of both younger and older children.
“Children settle quickly and become very confident and highly independent in their surroundings.”
Mrs Collins, 47, looks after children from as young asÂ nine weeks to 11 years old and compiles yearly reports for parents.
She was previously inspected in 2006 and 2010 and said: “It’s not easy to get threeÂ ‘outstanding’Â reports in a row.
“I feel amazing because I didn’t think I would get it this time. There are so many new regulations and an awful lot of paperwork that I thought I might just get aÂ ‘good’.”
Mrs Collins, who lives with her husband Ian, 48, a police officer, and has two grown-up children herself, still sees some of her estimated 50 former charges.
“Even though lots of the children I’ve looked afterÂ are now in secondary school they still pop in to say hello and have a drink and biscuit,” she said.
“It’s nice to see them growing up and they are all lovely and doing well.”
She said got in to childminding “by accident” while living in Sulhamstead in West Berkshire.
“I had a bad car crash and couldn’t get back to my old job,” she said.
“I alsoÂ had my son Lewes soon after. A neighbour asked me if I could collect her child from nursery along with Lewis and it all started from there.
“I went on to have my daughter Lucy and I worked right up to two weeks before I gave birth and was back two weeks afterwards.
“I love myÂ job — to be able to help the children I care for grow up to be happy, bright and able to fulfil their potential is so rewarding.
“The parents love watching their children grow up and go off to school and seeing how polite they are.
“Seeing them grow into confident, intelligent and caring individuals is very satisfying and I am extremely proud of them all.”