Nurs­ery is branded ‘weak’ af­ter in­spec­tion

But im­prove­ments since visit have been noted

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - An­drea O’Neill


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

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