Ofsted inspectors rate childminder's service as 'inadequate' - while she is closed for redecoration
A CHILDMINDER is appealing against an Ofsted inspection which judged the service she provides as inadequate.
Sally-Ann Chestnut has branded the report as unfair — saying the service was closed at the time for family holidays and for redecoration.
Mrs Chestnut runs the service from here home in Windermere Road, Farnworth, and an Ofsted inspection carried out just two years ago rated her as good with “her capacity to continue to improve” being described as good.
Ofsted stated in its report that there were no children present during the inspection.
But inspector Angela Rowley criticised the premises and said work should be done to ensure the premises are fit for purpose and steps should be taken to ensure the safety of children by “in this instance, taking action to ensure that all areas are clean and remove decorating items such as ladders and cables, from areas accessible to children” and she pointed to some surfaces in the kitchen being covered in a “film of plaster dust”.
The inspector also said the children should be able to “freely access toys and equipment”.
She added the nursery needed to maintain a daily record of the names of the children being cared for as well as developing the educational programme and assessment of children’s development.
Ofsted reported, however, children enjoyed their time there and made friends as she “provides a suitable range of developmentally appropriate play materials and activities which keep children occupied and encourage their cooperative play.”
Mrs Chestnut said: “I am appealing the decision.
“There were no children on the premises at the time and I wasn’t looking after any child at the time — it wasn’t open.
“We were decorating the house so there were ladders out and there was plaster dust. It was no different to a school being shut over the holidays and undergoing renovations.
“We also had our holiday stuff out at the time because we were going away so of course there were things everywhere and the toys had been packed away.”
Mrs Chestnut added that she is addressing other points in the report.
A Bolton Council spokesman said: “Childminders play a critical role in the early development of children and we always urge parents to look at Ofsted reports in order to choose those that are rated as good or better.
“We offer all childminders in the borough advice, training and support to help them improve their service and the vast majority of them take us up the offer even though they are not legally bound to do so.
“As a matter of course, we always contact childminders following Ofsted inspections to offer additional support as required.”
No one from Ofsted was available to comment.
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