Childminding business has its registration suspended following concerns ‘children could be exposed to risk of harm’

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A Boston childminding business has had its registration suspended following concerns ‘children could be exposed to risk of harm’.

A spokesman for Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills, which inspects and regulates services that care for children and young people confirmed that it had suspended the registration for Peartree Cottage Ltd, based on Wide Bargate, in Boston.

They said: “We have suspended the registration because we have received concerns that suggest children are or may be exposed to risk of harm in the care of the childminder.”

The business was last inspected by Ofsted in April 2015 and received a ‘requires improvement’ judgement.

A spokesman for Lincolnshire County Council’s children’s services confirmed that once they were notified of the suspension by Ofsted. The company was also removed from the public list of their database ‘meaning we have not given their information out to enquirers looking for childcare in the area from that point onward.

The spokesman said: “This is normal practice with any similar suspension.

“This includes requests to the FIS via their Freephone number or in writing, and we also removed them immediately from the Family Services Directory website.

“This situation will continue until we are notified from Ofsted that the suspension has ended.”

A suspension by Ofsted can last up to six weeks before it has to be cancelled or renewed - the spokesman for Ofsted confirmed that this one had been renewed by the office.

According to Companies House, the director of Peartree Cottage Ltd, company number 08387203, is listed as Chantelle Patricia Pearson, 44, of Sleaford Road Boston.