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Nursery manager ‘disappointed’ over Ofsted rating

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 28, 2014

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A DISAPPOINTED nursery manager has hit back at a critical Ofsted report, which she branded as being ‘unfair’.

The Animal Crackers nursery (right), in Alrewas, was told it required improvement after a visit from education watchdogs.

Despite praising the nursery’s teaching, leadership and it’s ‘welcoming environment’, they said some staff in the nursery’s pre-school group had not received enough training.

Maria Cooper, who manages the site at Fradley Junction, in Alrewas, said she would ensure new staff received more support.

She said: “A rating of requiring improvement is a little bit unfair, we had worked extremely hard.

“I was quite disappointed with the rating because everyone at the nursery thought we were going to get a ‘good’ rating, if not an outstanding one.

“But these things happen and we will just keep on working at it. The parents are extremely supportive and new parents are seeking us out.”

Inspector Christine Armstrong said the nursery could improve by using information about children’s achievements in activities, and give youngsters more support in communication skills.

But she also said most of the teaching was of a good standard, the nursery provided a welcoming environment and its leaders had put in place suitable safeguarding policies.

The nursery was at the centre of a furore last year after it emerged some staff had not been vetted to work with children.

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