CHILDREN are thriving under the care of a ‘Good’ Darwen childminder according to Ofsted.

Childcare professional Zena Marie Ashworth was praised by the inspectorate as she retained the second highest rating.

Inspector Linda Shore said carefully planned learning was paying dividends.

She said: “The childminder organises a stimulating and exciting range of learning experiences for children, which supports them to make strong progress across all seven areas of learning.

“Children are very content and happy within the childminder's care. It is clear that they have established warm and trusting relationships with her and their behaviour is good.”

The relationship between the provider and parents was also praised as “a two-way flow of information that supports continuity of children’s care”.

Ms Shore added: “Frequent contributions by parents to children's learning journals, and the childminder's observations, are used well to inform an accurate assessment of what children can do.”