A NURSERY has declared victory after an inspection report triggered by a complaint over the treatment of staff in front of children was amended.
After seeing that Chuckle Bunnies, in Vicarage Road, Swadlincote, was judged as ‘satisfactory’ by education watchdog Ofsted, despite previously being ‘outstanding’, its directors made official complaints over what they described as a contradictory report.
As a result, Ofsted removed the report from its website and has now amended it with what it says is spelling corrections. However, the ‘satisfactory’ grade remains.
Directors, Steve Rhodes and Sandra Shephard, said: “We are really pleased with what we have managed to achieve. To get a few things changed is good, that is actually quite a big win.”
The inspection was carried out after it received a complaint over staff treatment in front of children.
In its report Ofsted said ‘children are not always safe and secure because the proprietor does not promote ‘good’ role modelling,”.’
However, this has now been amended to: ‘Children are not always kept emotionally safe and secure because on one occasion the interaction between on of the directors and a staff member did not promote ‘good’ role modelling.’
In an apology to the directors, Ofsted said in a letter: “I would like to apologise for any distress caused by the report comment not previously specifying that children’s emotional rather than general safety and security were being referred to in the report.”
In a recent letter to parents, Mr Rhodes said the original complaint to Ofsted involved himself, two members of staff and seven children. Following an incident with a computer mouse, he claims he said to one of the staff members: ‘Please don’t put me in that position again.’ As a result, he said a staff member became ‘emotional and tearful’ and some of the children asked if she was okay.
He claims this is why Ofsted has said children are ‘not always kept emotionally safe and secure.
He added that the two members of staff have since written letters of complaint to Ofsted over the ‘aggressive’ way they claim they were treated by the inspector.
A spokesman for Ofsted confirmed the report had been amended, saying: “There were some minor amendments, mainly spelling errors.
“There are no comments we can provide at this stage and the judgement remains the same.”