Nursery closed after safeguarding concerns

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Ofsted have closed Little Rascals Day Nursery in Preston amid claims of a breach in safeguarding issues.

The nursery had to inform 120 parents that they would need to source alternative childcare when they collected their children on Tuesday.

Inspectors said the setting must close for up to 6 weeks until the issues are resolved.

It is understood that the nursery was missing vital paperwork for a new member of staff and had breached rules by allowing her to work with children without adequate supervision.

Managing Director of Little Rascals said: “We pride ourselves on our high standards and commitment to providing a safe and secure environment for all the children in our care. During a visit by Ofsted a lapse in one of our standard safeguarding procedures was identified which has resulted in a temporary closure. The lapse related to a failure to properly supervise a member of staff in the conduct of her duties as a practitioner. We would like to stress that at no point was any child injured or put at risk.”

“However, we understand Ofsted’s decision and the management of the nursery is confident that changes to policies and procedures can be implemented immediately to ensure that the suspension is lifted at the earliest opportunity.”

He continued to say that staff had been overwhelmed by the support they had received from parents and that they expect to be open as soon as possible.

One mum with two children at the nursery said: “This is nothing more than a momentary lapse. It is a fabulous nursery. I am having to take time off but am very supportive.”

Another with two children there added: “It is a fantastic nursery and while my parents are having to provide childcare the children will go back.”

A spokesman for Ofsted said: “The nursery registration has been suspended following a monitoring visit that identified safeguarding issues. It will remain closed while further investigations are carried out.”

With a solid record of providing great childcare, is a six week closure of this nursery bordering on the extreme?

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3 thoughts on “Nursery closed after safeguarding concerns

  • February 25, 2015 at 7:47 pm
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    As I Director myself I would say yes this is a highly over rated reaction to a lapse in judgement. We do not know the circumstances but if a member of staff who is not qualified had been left with children while another staff had to attend to a child and leave the room, or a lapse in judgement where the other staff member walked out not thinking unless this staff member with no CRB had been at the nursery for a day it is a bit over rated. All staff must be supervised when not having a CRB and where possible a CRB should be done before commencing work but to shut a nursery meaning many parents have to find either alternate childcare or take holidays is very disturbing as a nursery owner that it could easily mean job losses due to a loss in business. Unless the nursery had any other outstanding issues or pervious complaints or recommendations then as said above, temporary suspension until the CRB has come back, and a look at policy and procedures and management. By removing the staff member immediately there is the end of it, as this is not a safeguarding issue where the child is in immediate danger.

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  • February 2, 2015 at 8:52 pm
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    This is not ‘bordering on the extreme’ – it is yet again a very stupid decision by Ofsted which leaves parents (who are happy with the provision) with no viable option of immediate alternative day care for their children until the Nursery re-opens.
    Once again Ofsted has, apparently, over-reacted unreasonably in a Safeguarding issue which could, and should, have been resolved simply by the member of staff concerned being (at least temporarily) suspended for a period, rather than closing the Nursery down for such a long period?
    Stories such as these make me very angry – why must Ofsted punish the rest of the staff, the children and the parents who depend upon the care and the management/owners, for any oversight if it can be resolved quickly by suspending the staff member and, possibly, the manager who made the mistake?

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  • February 2, 2015 at 8:51 pm
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    This is not ‘bordering on the extreme’ – it is yet again a very stupid decision by Ofsted which leaves parents (who are happy with the provision) with no viable option of immediate alternative day care for their children until the Nursery re-opens.
    Once again Ofsted has, apparently, over-reacted unreasonably in a Safeguarding issue which could, and should, have been resolved simply by the member of staff concerned being (at least temporarily) suspended for a period, rather than closing the Nursery down for such a long period?
    Stories such as these make me very angry – why must Ofsted punish the rest of the staff, the children and the parents who depend upon the care and the management/owners, for any oversight if it can be resolved quickly by suspending the staff member and, possibly, the manager who made the mistake?
    Do they close down schools who they have a ‘safeguarding’ issue with for 6 weeks? Of course not, because they ‘dare not’!

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