Sunday, March 3, 2024

Stanford-le-Hope Pre-school slumps into special measures

A FOURTH pre-school in as many months has slumped into special measures following an inspection by government watchdog, Ofsted.

Blooming Babies Day Nursery is based in the grounds of St Clere’s school in Stanford-le-Hope.

The inspection was brought forward by Ofsted due to a number of concerns raised relating to the supervision of children, staff qualifications, staff deployment, sharing information with parents, procedures followed when children have accidents, risk assessments and meeting children’s needs.

The inspection found that the provider did not reasonably inform parents of a more serious accident to their child and that on occasions staff practice is poor

The report makes the following criticisms:

1. Staff working with the younger children do not effectively plan for their learning because their development is not effectively assessed or monitored, to make sure young children are making good progress.

2. Staff do not gather information from parents about what their child can do at home to assess children’s starting points. Therefore, staff cannot effectively plan for children’s learning.

3. The planning of activities both inside and outside is poor. This means that children’s interests are not effectively captured or sustained so that they have purposeful play and learning experiences.

4. Children’s individual care needs are not consistently met because safeguarding practice is poor. Staff do not have a good understanding of their roles and responsibilities. They do not reasonably inform parents of a more serious injury to a child and the supervision of children and the deployment of staff is ineffective.

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