Pre-school given ‘inadequate’ rating after Ofsted inspection

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A pre-school in Rossendale has been given the lowest Ofsted rating and criticised for having poor hygiene practices.

During its last inspection, the pre-school was rated ‘requires improvement’ but after its latest inspection was downgraded to ‘inadequate’.

Staff at Edenfield Village Pre-school were criticised in the report for not cleaning the changing mat after use, not wearing protective clothing and not routinely washing their hands. There were also failings highlighted in the way staff stored confidential and sensitive information.

Ofsted inspector Estelle Noblett said, “The registered provider has failed to ensure that actions set at the previous inspection have been addressed. As a result, Ofsted have still not been notified of changes to the nominated person and new committee members, and they have not supplied the relevant forms for Ofsted to carry out checks to determine their suitability.

“Children’s learning journeys are stored in a public area and other users of the building have access to them. The staff’s approach when dealing with unwanted behaviour is inconsistent and ineffective. Group activities are not planned to take account of all children’s abilities.

“Staff often stand back and supervise children without interacting or becoming involved in their play, missing opportunities to extend children’s thinking and learning.”

During the inspection, it was also noted that risk assessment was weak and the front door of the pre-school was sometimes left unlocked.

However, Mrs Noblett did say that the pre-school’s one strength was that the children were very confident and asked practitioners for help if they needed it.


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