Of­sted re­port finds safety ‘com­pro­mised’ at nurs­ery

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - By Ai­dan Barlow

Nurs­ery bosses have vowed to im­prove stan­dards af­ter be­ing rated as in­ad­e­quate by Of­sted.

In­spec­tor Max­ine Ansell vis­ited the Jelly Beans Pre-School Day Nurs­ery in Park Farm, Ash­ford, at the be­gin­ning of June and found se­ri­ous short­com­ings.

Her re­port found chil­dren’s safety was “com­pro­mised” as staff did not un­der­stand key pro­ce­dures to fol­low in the event of safe­guard­ing con­cerns be­ing raised about other staff mem­bers.

The r eport al s o s t ated: “Teach­ing is weak. Staff do not plan chal­leng­ing, mo­ti­vat­ing ex­pe­ri­ences and ac­tiv­i­ties to meet in­di­vid­ual chil­dren’s learn­ing needs. This means that chil­dren be­come dis­in­ter­ested.

“The provider has failed to make sure staffing ar­range­ments are or­gan­ised so that chil­dren are su­per­vised ap­pro­pri­ately to en­sure their safety.”

The re­port also found that staff did not do enough to un­der­stand their “key role” in help­ing chil­dren set­tle in and sup­port them, and fail to make sure chil­dren im­prove their lan­guage and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills.

In­spec­tors did recog­nise that the nurs­ery is strong at shar­ing in­for­ma­tion with parents about chil­dren’s learn­ing and care.

Ms Ansell has set out a four­point plan, stat­ing staff must im­prove their knowl­edge of safe­guard­ing pro­ce­dures, and make sure there are enough staff on duty to su­per­vise chil­dren prop­erly, that care is tai­lored to each child’s in­di­vid­ual needs, and there is enough train­ing, sup­port and su­per­vi­sion.

They will also have to im­prove the qual­ity of teach­ing to pro­vide in­ter­est­ing and chal­leng­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, boost chil­dren’s com­mu­ni­ca­tion and lan­guage skills and help them im­prove their math­e­mat­i­cal skills.

Jelly Beans was pre­vi­ously rated as re­quir­ing im­prove­ment by Of­sted in its pre­vi­ous in­spec­tion in Jan­uary this year, but the re­port notes that care provider Ranc Care has failed to make im­prove­ments.

The nurs­ery pro­vides a baby room, a tod­dler room, a preschool room and a spe­cial­ist sen­sory room and gar­den.

In re­sponse, Ranc Care re­gional op­er­a­tions man­ager Claire La­treille says im­prove­ments will have to be made.

In a state­ment she said: “We ac­knowl­edge the Of­sted re­port as very dis­ap­point­ing. We want to as­sure both our cus­tomers and the com­mu­nity that we are work­ing ac­tively to im­prove out­comes as quickly as pos­si­ble.

“Jelly Beans is a pop­u­lar and warmly sup­ported nurs­ery. We want to en­sure it has a healthy and suc­cess­ful fu­ture.”

Pic­ture: Andy Jones FM4315147

Jelly Beans Day Care Nurs­ery in Ash­ford

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