10:18 Friday 20 December 2013

Nursery which was deemed 'unsafe' hit with fresh problems

Written byRICH GUTTRIDGE

Animal Crackers nursery, Fradley Junction, Alrewas Animal Crackers nursery, Fradley Junction, Alrewas

FURTHER problems have been flagged up at a nursery where education bosses judged children to be unsafe.

Animal Crackers, based at Fradley Junction, Alrewas, remains an ‘inadequate’ nursery following its latest Ofsted inspection after bosses were accused of not reporting an allegation made against a member of staff by a parent to the watchdog within the specified time limit.

Ofsted also deemed the ratio of staff to children to be insufficient to ensure youngsters were being adequately supervised.

The findings come less than a year after the nursery was found to be employing staff under the age of 17 who had not been vetted to ensure they were suitable to work with children.

But the nursery insisted Ofsted’s report presented an unfair reflection of the inspection.

Bosses would not disclose the nature of the allegation that was made by the parent but insisted the matter was resolved and the complainant was now satisfied.

Manager Lou Cooper also said the wording of the report was unfair on the nursery.

She said: “The allegation was dealt with, the parent agreed with the conclusion and everyone was happy.

“The outcome was reported to Ofsted verbally but we were then told by law that we had to put it in writing and it’s slightly unfair that we were penalised for that.”

Ms Cooper also took umbrage with Ofsted’s claim children couldn’t be properly supervised, adding: “The ratio to children is always right if not above what is required.”

Staff were said to be ‘devastated’ with the ‘inadequate’ grading.

A nursery spokesman added: “It’s such a shame. It wasn’t about the happiness of the children. We are devastated, we have worked hard to build up a reputation here.”

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