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No luck for nursery as Ofsted alter grades

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 28, 2014

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BOSSES at a South Derbyshire nursery have been left bemoaning the timing of its latest Ofsted report.

Little Jack Horner’s Day Nursery, in Etwall, has been told it must improve, while Creative Days, in nearby Hatton, was judged as ‘satisfactory’ - despite both nurseries actually receiving the same grade.

The discrepancy surrounds changes made by Ofsted to its grading system towards the back end of last year.

The body decided to toughen up its inspection process, with the ‘requires improvement’ grade replacing ‘satisfactory’.

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However, the two reports were published within a week of each other, which could lead to confusion that one nursery is rated above the other.

The grade is one above the lowest of inadequate.

Creative Days Nursery will maintain the ‘satisfactory’ tag until its next inspection, despite Ofsted chiefs having reservations about the site.

The inspection was brought forward after concerns were raised about behaviour management, with Ofsted ruling that the nursery’s behaviour policy and procedure was ‘not being implemented effectively’.

Staff were also accused of not being vigilant towards children’s behaviour, which was said to have a ‘potential impact on children’s safety’.

The nursery’s co-owner Trish Billings said: “We were disappointed as we had ‘good’ at our last inspection but we have already addressed the action on behaviour management by updating our policy, thus improving staff knowledge and securing more training for staff, not just in this area but in all areas of our provision.

“Reading the whole of the report, it does contain lots of positive feedback and now we have addressed the two main actions we feel we are well on our way to achieving a better report next time.”

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