A CHILDMINDER has been slammed by Ofsted following an inspection.

Karen Anne Pinckard, of Darwen, was rated ‘inadequate’ after an inspection in February, the results of which have now been published.

In her report, inspector Linda Shore identified a number of failings by the Blackburn Road childminder.

She said: “The childminder is in breach of several requirements. These include reviewing risk assessments and obtaining written permission for outings.

“The childminder does not have a robust understanding of safeguarding issues, including an up-to-date knowledge of child protection procedures including the use of mobile phones and cameras in her home.

“She childminder has failed to renew her first aid certificate or obtain insurance.

“She does not record children’s attendance. This does not support children's good health or wellbeing and these are also breaches of legal requirements.”

The inspection also said Ms Pinckard failed to notify Ofsted of a change of address within the required 14 days.

It continued: “The childminder does not have adequate resources, use observations and assessments, or understand how to plan challenging learning experiences. The childminder does not provide parents with details of how she delivers the Early Years’ Foundation Stage, contact details for Ofsted, or a procedure to follow if they wish to complain.”

According to the report, Ms Pinckard has four children on her roll. None were present during the inspection.

She receives support from Blackburn with Darwen Council.

Ms Pinckard declined to comment.