17:41 Thursday 02 January 2014

Fears raised of safety of children at Burton childminding business

Written byMARK MCKAY

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THE Government’s education watchdog has raised concerns over the safety of youngsters in the care of a Burton childminder.

Ofsted inspector Christine Armstrong said children in the care of Louise Holmes was ‘significantly compromised’ because the childminder failed to meet safeguarding and welfare standards.

But Mrs Holmes, of Kingsmead, Stretton, hit back at the highly-critical report and said the concerns were due to an ‘oversight’.

The childminder, who had previously scored ‘good’, has now been judged to be inadequate in all areas following the visit at the end of last year.

The inspection was carried out after Ofsted received concerns about ‘poor’ safeguarding practices at the business.

In her report, Ms Armstrong said: “The childminder does not meet a number of safeguarding and welfare requirements and this has a significant impact on children’s safety and wellbeing.

“Consequently, children do not always receive consistent positive messages about keeping safe.”

Ms Armstrong said that assistants used ‘unnecessarily loud and harsh tones’ when talking to children and that Mrs Holmes failed to ‘adequately investigate’ parents’ concerns about her assistants.

She also added that: “The childminder’s self-evaluation is weak, which has led to a number of breaches in safeguarding.”

Mrs Holmes, who has worked as a childminder for three years, has now been ordered to implement and train staff on suitable safeguarding and behaviour management policies.

In a statement released to the Mail, she said: “I worked with an assistant and due to an oversight by myself some paperwork on policies and procedures had not been fully completed.

“The care that I provide never has been an issue.

“All aspects of the concerns raised have now been addressed, implemented and completed.

“Ofsted are happy that satisfactory progress has been made an all areas.

“The actual child care has not been an issue and I have several recommendations from parents.”

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