A CHILDMINDER has been advised to improve planning and targets after an Ofsted inspection.

Colne childminder Emma-Jayne Meachin was praised for interesting learning opportunities such as making homemade instruments.

Ofsted inspectors said children enjoyed their time at the setting and were occupied with resources and activities.

The provision was said to ‘require improvement’ with the childminder advised to chart and plan progress in learning with more rigour.

Inspector Claire Stafford said: “The childminder supports the use of open-ended materials. Children carefully pour dried pasta, rice and lentils into the tubs, which helps them to make home-made instruments.

“Children relish in this activity and seek full enjoyment. The childminder generally adapts the activity to meet the individual needs and ages of the children.

“She organises some activities and there is a weekly plan in place, which meets the seven areas of learning.

“Children's individual next steps in learning are not always effectively planned for and routine assessments lack rigour.

“Consequently, children are not always challenged to aspire to reach their next developmental levels of learning.”