Monarchs Childcare in Grays placed in special measures by Ofsted

A CHILDCARE organisation in Grays has been graded as "Inadequate" by government inspectors, Ofsted.

Monarchs Childcare are based in Whitehall Lane in Grays.

They were inspected on December 8th, 2015.

The inspection focused on the quality and standard of the early years provision at their centre in 62a Whitehall Lane, Grays.

The age range of the children is between the ages of 3-5.

The report makes the following observations:

1. Leaders and management do not effectively identify weaknesses in practice or demonstrate a sufficient understanding of how to improve.

2. The manager’s monitoring of staff practice is not sufficiently developed to focus on those areas of the provision which need most improvement. This has contributed to the significant weaknesses in the quality of teaching and learning.

3. Observation and assessment of children’s learning are weak. Staff lack sufficient knowledge of how to assess children’s learning and development. This means that they are unable to plan activities for children which meet their needs and help them progress.

4. Staff do not always give children time to think about their responses to questions, so that they can put their thoughts into words as part of their language development.

5. Staff’s adherence to daily routines interrupts some children’s play, limiting the opportunities to extend and explore their ideas and interests.

6. Self-evaluation is not effectively used to inform the setting’s priorities and set challenging targets to secure continuous improvement.

This was the first inspection that Ofsted has undertaken in relation to Monarch’s provision of child care for children aged just 3-5.

The last inspection at 64 Whitehall Lane was for the provision of childcare for children aged 0-17. On that occasion, Ofsted rated Monarch Childcare as Good.

Monarchs Childcare had not replied to a request for a comment at the time of publication.

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