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Childminder wants to put the past behind her ahead of next inspection

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 05, 2014

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A BURTON childminder says she ‘cannot wait’ for her next Ofsted inspection so that she can move on and put past problems behind her.

Inspectors deemed the care offered by Louise Holmes in Kingsmead, Stretton, to be inadequate following a visit in October last year, stating that concerns were raised over the safety of children.

She had previously credited with a ‘good’ rating on a previous inspection. However it has since been noted that Mrs Holmes has shown significant signs of improvement in the past two monitoring reports and that a full inspection would be next step in Ofsted’s process.

Responding to the latest monitoring report, Mrs Holmes told the Mail: “The last inspection report mentioned some paperwork that was not in place due to an assistant that no longer works here.

“However the buck stops with me and I should have overseen that the paperwork was filled in correctly and I hold my hands up.

In the report, which was published on May 1, inspector Diane Stone stated: “The provider has continued to review her practice in all areas and now takes the lead in learning and development.

“The provider ensures all children are observed and assessed regularly and checks that staff have set appropriate developmental targets for all their key children.

“New documentation is in place to ensure all staff with keyworker responsibility can demonstrate that their key children have been given opportunities to work on any targets that have been set.”

Mrs Holmes says all issues that led to her being given an ‘inadequate’ rating have now been resolved and that her new staff have made positive contributions to the care on offer and dealt with paperwork in the correct manner.

She added: “I’ve got two assistants now who are a credit to the team and want to help us restore our reputation. We want to prove that we are doing a good job.

“As a team we are always looking to improve and we’re happy with the outcome of the latest monitoring visit. I’ve got to wait six months for it, which is a long time, but we’re looking forward to it. We just want to put things right and move on.”

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