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Swadlincote nursery told it is still not good enough

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 22, 2014

By Rich Guttridge

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A SWADLINCOTE nursery is well on the way to regaining 'good' status, bosses have insisted despite another disappointing inspection report.

Ofsted ruled that the Honey Pots Day Nursery, pictured, was still not meeting expected standards, raising concerns staff were not being adequately supervised and a lack of progress among children.

However, while there was no change in the grading, the report was a marked improvement on last year, when staff were forced to defend claims toddlers were being left in discomfort as nappies were not being changed often enough.

Managing director Sharon Redfern was highly critical of the education regulator following those claims, which the nursery denied.

But this time around, though disappointed with the overall rating, she said a newly appointed management team was working to turn the Newhall Road site around, even saying the inspection had been a 'positive experience'.

Ms Redfern said: "Both actions that we received from the inspection had already been highlighted by the new management team and have already been acted on fully.

"The way we observe, assess and plan has been adapted to fully promote the developmental needs of the children in our care. Staff are given on the job support and training by the senior staff as well as monthly supervisions with the manager.

"The parents are happy with the care the children receive while at The Honey Pots Day Nursery and we have continued to do lots of fun, exciting and educational activities with the children and getting the parents involved too."

Before last year's controversial report, which provoked a heated response from the nursery, the site had been rated 'good'.

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