27/02/2007

Childminder struck off for 'caring for too many kids'

A childminder in Scotland has been struck off the register after she was found to be looking after three times the legal number of children at her home.

Care Commission inspectors visited Elizabeth D'Arcy's home in Dundee after receiving a tip-off from parents.

The inspectors found that Mrs D'Arcy was looking after nine children aged three or under at her home - the maximum legal limit is three.

Inspectors said that Mrs D'Arcy had strapped four of the children into car seats. They also found that the house was poorly heated with only limited space for the children to move around.

Mrs D'Arcy was unable to name two of the children and got the name of a third wrong, inspectors said.

The Care Commission also said that subsequent inquiries had revealed that Mrs D'Arcy had often cared for large numbers of children, possibly as many as 15 at a time.

Mrs D'Arcy's registration as a childminder was cancelled at a hearing at Dundee Sheriff Court. The hearing was uncontested.

(KMcA/SP)

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