OUTRAGED Uttoxeter parents have spoken of their ‘disgust' at a child minder who deceived parents about her professional credentials.
Alison Moore, previously Alison Chell, who worked as a child minder from her home in Davies Drive, Uttoxeter, continued to work under false pretences after her Ofsted registration ended in March 2012.
A parent who used Ms Moore’s child-minding service told the Advertiser Ms Moore had falsely claimed she was Ofsted registered.
When it emerged she was not, she told clients someone else had maliciously cancelled her membership.
Ms Moore then sent text messages to parents informing them she could no longer look after their children.
The parent, who asked not to be named, said: “I found it a bit strange and suspected it might be made up, so I contacted Ofsted directly as I was worried for my kids.
“It turned out she hadn’t been registered since March 2012.
“Ofsted also informed me it’s nearly impossible to cancel a membership on someone else’s behalf as there are four security questions to answer just to get to that stage.
“To be Ofsted registered you need insurance and, to get insurance, you need to be Ofsted registered - so the two go hand in hand.
“I think it’s disgusting that she’s lied to so many parents who’ve entrusted their kids with her.
“I haven’t had any other problems with her and my children loved her.”
A second parent, who also used Ms Moore’s child minding service said: “I am really disappointed in it all.
“The first we heard of it was the text message when Ms Moore informed us she could no longer work as our child minder as someone had maliciously cancelled her Ofsted membership.
“It was very sudden – we had to make plans quickly for alternative child care which has caused significant upheaval for my child.
“All the children enjoyed going there, which is a shame.
“The main disappointment is the deceit and lies, we would have welcomed an honest approach to the situation.
“It’s a betrayal of trust.
“The main thing for me was that, as she worked without being registered with Ofsted, she must also have been without insurance, so what would have happened if there was an accident with one of the kids?”
A spokesman for Ofsted said: “We hold details of Ms Alison Chell’s registration as a child minder and can confirm that Ms Alison Chell’s registration ended with Ofsted on March 22, 2012.”
Despite repeated attempts to get in contact with Ms Moore, she was unavailable for comment at the time of going to press.