A CHILDMINDER has been praised by Ofsted inspectors for providing a good level of care.

Zena Ashworth was said to work closely with parents to ensure children’s individual needs were fully met.

The eight children being cared for at the childminder’s Darwen home, which she shares with her husband, were said to be ‘happy and settled’.

Inspector Sue Rae said children were motivated by the use of the well-resourced indoor and outdoor learning environment off Tockholes Road. She said: “The childminder understands how young children learn and successfully builds on their enthusiasm for learning. “Consequently, children make good progress.”

She added that there were strong links with parents and carers. The provision narrowly missed out on an outstanding rating, which inspectors said was due to children not accessing a range of textures and materials for a richer sensory experience.

Ms Rae added: “The childminder provides a homely and welcoming environment for children. Their emotional wellbeing is supported and nurtured because the transition between home and the setting is thoughtfully planned and well organised.”