Chatteris childminder judged inadequate by Ofsted is defended by a parent

09:50 05 May 2014




A childminder in Chatteris has been judged as inadequate by a watchdog because she does not understand the learning needs of the children in her care, according to a report.

The childminder, who uses the downstairs of her home for her childminding business, was said to leave children “unnecessarily upset” by not making sure youngsters were engaged before moving away from them to carry out another task.

The layout of the environment means not all resources are freely available to children to self-select, which the report says “impacts on the quality of the learning environment.”

The report also said: “The childminder does not regularly pick up on children’s own cues and interests meaning that many opportunities to extend children’s enjoyment for learning and their next stages in development are missed.

“Furthermore, this lack of engagement means that activities only last for short periods of time and children flit between their play.”

Positives highlighted by the report were settling-in sessions for children and discussion with parents about their routines.

Children also learn about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and physical activity.

A parent of two girls cared for by the childminder says the report is unfair as she scored low marks because she is poor at paperwork.

The parent said: “She is an old-school, very loving family childminder who happens to not be good at the paperwork side of things.

“It is a red tape paperwork issue, not an issue with how good she is as a childminder. I wouldn’t trust anyone else to have my girls, she is fantastic and yet this report has almost ruined her business.”


  • Wow,I find it disgusting that this newspaper would print this article without researching the true situations and prejudice that childminders are now facing when having inspections. Inspectors are no longer interested in the care given to children but instead how well they produce their paperwork to 'prove' how well they teach. I do know childminders who are deemed outstanding just because of the amazing paper trail they produce and I also know childminders with low grades whom I would much prefer to place children, knowing that they are getting the care and nurturing required to help them thrive. Please remember that parents chose a childminder for a home from home environment ,knowing that their child can get a cuddle when needed and to be allowed to develop at their own pace in a smaller caring environment. This government is hell bent on their nappy curriculum but at what price to our nations babies and toddlers. I suspect this poor lady offers a truly loving and caring environment which apparently Ofsted seems keen to destroy , as does your paper by printing this inflammatory article.

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    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • I am really disappointed that this newspaper would really think this was an article worth printing. I would have thought that there would have been real news articles to report on that readers would be interested in. This story has made it extremely difficult for the childminder concerned to run her business. She is a very experienced and competent childminder who only ever has the children she cares for at heart. This report has being completely taken out of context and she deserves an apology from this paper for the distress caused. The printing of this article has led to a certain person using Facebook, who incidentally does not know the lady concerned, to make malicous comments. I still cannot understand why you have chosen to report on this and even no names have been mentioned, points about this ladies personal circumstances have been used, this in itself is disturbing. Why has this ever made print??? I can only think that this paper has no REAL news to print for its readers!!!

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    Sandra Allen

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

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