Nursery is branded ‘weak’ after inspection
But improvements since visit have been noted
Safe sleeping and feeding procedures at a Murray nursery were branded ‘poor’ during a recent inspection.
Harlequin Kindergarten – a day care centre which looks after up to 143 preschool tots – was graded weak overall by the Care Inspectorate.
The service is provided from a commercial building on Brunel Way.
During an announced inspection at short notice, inspectors noted that Harlequin had not met the majority of the recommendations and requirements in making a positive difference for children.
Since the inspection, the team manager and an Education Scotland inspector met with providers Harlequin Nurseries Ltd and the centre manager.
The providers indicated a willingness to improve; to comply with noted recommendations and requirements and agreed the Care Inspectorate would carry out some further improvement visits.
It was noted significant improvements had been made four weeks on from the last inspection visit.
The nursery’s indoor and outdoor environment was improved and the provider and manager were being proactive.
The inspection – carried out on September 8 last year – found that the quality of care and support; quality of environment; quality of staffing and quality of management and leadership were ‘weak.’
Inspectors stated that the majority of the children were engaged and participating in physical play, climbing, negotiating space on bikes and storytelling in the outdoor play area – and that children were busy and engaged in the outdoor mud kitchen.
But it was highlighted that best practice was not adhered to when staff were recording and storing medication.
Safe sleeping and feeding procedures were also poor, with lots of children lying wakened for lengthy times on sleep mats.
A member of staff was seen telling children to lie down when they were sitting up and the children in the two to three years playroom were sleeping and walking with shoes and boots on the sleep mats.
It was also pointed out to members of staff, who sat for up to 30 minutes stroking foreheads, trying to soothe children to sleep, that this practice was not in line with best practice guidance.
Children’s personal care plans were not clearly recorded either and the nursery were failing to record a chronology of their planned support for children with challenges meaning inspectors could not easily follow children’s learning or development.
Inspectors added that they were concerned that some staff were unable to identify best practice guidance documents when working with under fives – especially supporting children with additional needs.
They could not see any evidence of additional needs staff training.
Six recommendations and three requirements were made to the provider to ensure the health, welfare and safety of the children at the day care centre.
It was noted that there had been no complaints upheld or enforcement action taken sgainst the care service since the previous inspection in September 2015.
Work to be doneThe Harlequin Nursery in East Kilbride