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Spirits of staff at previously inadequate nursery lifted after review

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 19, 2014

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THE spirits of staff at a previously inadequate nursery have been lifted after education chiefs said bosses had taken effective measures against safeguarding concerns.

Managers at Animal Crackers, in Alrewas, have brought in more staff, implemented supervision sessions and have undergone further training.

The findings are included in a monitoring report from the Government’s education watchdog Ofsted, which sent inspectors to the nursery in Fradley Junction in January.

The visit took place after inspectors said in April 2013 that children were not safe because some staff were aged under 17 and not vetted to work with children.

But the nursery’s manager Maria Cooper said all issues raised have now been addressed.

She said: “Our spirits have been lifted and we are very pleased that Ofsted has recognised what is really going on here.

“It was paperwork which was not in place which was the problem and he parents are extremely delighted because they were fighting with us.”

Ms Cooper added that she was confident the nursery would achieve a good or outstanding rating in its next full Ofsted inspection.

She said: “Because of the way we have gone through the framework and we can’t see anywhere which we have not covered.”

The nursery came under fire in December 2013 when Ofsted chiefs accused nursery bosses of not reporting an allegation against a member of staff within a specified time.

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

But in the latest monitoring report inspector Nick Hudson said the nursery had taken ‘appropriate steps’ to address the concerns.

He said: “Having considered all the evidence, the inspector is of the opinion that the setting has taken prompt and effective action to address the points for improvement.”

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