16:32 Friday 31 January 2014

Race row nursery in Ofsted's good books

Written byMARK MCKAY

04/11/13 Ofsted - Woodville Day Nursery, Woodville.Woodville Day Nursery 04/11/13 Ofsted - Woodville Day Nursery, Woodville.Woodville Day Nursery

A NURSERY has received positive feedback from Ofsted after previously being judged as inadequate following a racism row.

Woodville Day Nursery was rated as good in all areas after the inspection, which took place just months after it had been criticised for its handling of an allegedly racist internet post.

The Government’s education watchdog Ofsted has now heaped praise on the nursery for its ‘fun and interactive’ teaching and updated complaints procedure.

Inspector Jennie Lenton said in the report: “Staff support children extremely well. They successfully teach them new skills and by the time they reach pre-school age they demonstrate an excellent understanding of phonics, in particular.

“This is the result of effective teaching that runs throughout the nursery.”

Last year, a nursery worker was suspended after a parent claimed an internet post showed a gun being pointed at a black doll and another which blamed lax immigration laws for the death of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich, but was not sacked.

The claim prompted a parent of Caribbean descent to remove his son from the nursery.

At the time, manager Graham Blunt said he stood by his decision not to sack the member of staff after a ‘rigorous’ in-house probe.

The nursery’s handling of the incident appeared to have had a major bearing on Ofsted’s decision to grade it as inadequate.

But since then, the nursery has addressed all actions and recommendations set out at the last inspection, Ms Lenton said.

An updated complaints policy has been put in place which will include a review of staff’s performance, if it is relevant to the complaint.

Ms Lenton said: “The management are fully committed to providing a high quality service for children.”

Mr Blunt had not responded to a request to comment by the time the Mail went to press.

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