A NURSERY is joining forces with a national body to discuss deep concerns over complaint-triggered Ofsted inspections after it was judged ‘satisfactory’.
Chuckle Bunnies Day Nursery, in Vicarage Road, Swadlincote, has now complained to the education watchdog over what it describes as a ‘contradictory’ report –which Ofsted has now removed from its website while it investigates.
It will now discuss its issues with the National Day Nursery Association (NDNA) which has already met with Ofsted’s early years director, Sue Gregory, with regards to growing anger nationally over ‘inconsistencies’ with inspections.
Following a complaint over staff treatment in front of children, which the nursery’s directors, Sandra Shephard and Steve Rhodes, say they are not aware of, Ofsted is required to reinvestigate the nursery, which was judged as outstanding six months ago.
In the report, the inspector said: “Children are not always safe and secure because the proprietor does not promote ‘good’ role modeling,” which both directors said they did not understand.
Ms Shephard said: “But then elsewhere in the report it says ‘most staff have a suitable understanding of their roles and responsibilities with regard to the safeguarding and welfare requirements of the early years foundation stage. Children are suitably safeguarded in spite of concerns. This is because staff are vigilant and protect the children and prioritise safety’.
“We have been judged as satisfactory but surely if children are not always safe then we should be judged as inadequate as per the guidelines?”
The report also said: “Children’s play was interrupted when they have to stop to change rooms. Children are not given sufficient time to pursue their learning without interruption.”
The director added: “Yet, six months before, the report that judged us outstanding said: ‘The movement from one area to another gives the setting a sense of energy which positively affects both staff and children.’”
Mr Rhodes said: “We are sorry that parents are being worried unnecessarily by this report.
“We want to put their minds at rest about safety issues and we would welcome parents to come and talk to us if they have any queries.
“We can assure them that we are working hard to provide their children with excellent care as we have done for 18 years.”
An Ofsted spokesman said: “We have received a complaint about this inspection report and will look into it in accordance with our normal procedures.
“More than nine out of ten nurseries and other early years providers say they are satisfied with their inspection. We take concerns about our inspections seriously, and investigate any issues thoroughly.”