A nursery in Portishead has closed overnight, just days after it received an inspection from education watchdog Ofsted.
Parents went to collect their children from Coach House Nursery on September 1 only to be told it was closing with immediate effect.
Ofsted inspectors visited the provision in August and rated it as ‘inadequate’ in all areas. The report which followed said the watchdog was going to take enforcement action against the nursery owners and issued a welfare requirements notice.
The notice required the nursery owners to take immediate action to bring the setting up to an acceptable standard.
Ofsted inspector June Robinson raised concerns about the welfare of the children cared for at Coach House Nursery, stating that they were allowed to walk around with plastic knives in their mouths.
She said: “Staff fail to manage children’s safety effectively.
“They did not stop them from filling their mouths with raw broccoli or walking around with plastic knives in their mouths.”
Mrs Robinson also found that the children did not know how to play safely or keep themselves safe. The report stated that children hit each other when they wanted the same toys.
Concerns were also raised about the condition of the setting itself, after reports children had injured their fingers by trapping them in the doors. There was said to be a risk to children from broken wooden fixtures outside, as well as long trailing wires indoors.
Bob Bennett, who owns the nursery, said he was ‘incredibly upset’ that a decision had been taken to close the nursery.
He added that he had been working with a team of pre-school consultants over the last three months to improve the services. He had also spoken with parents following the verbal feedback from Ofsted last month and said many remained supportive of the nursery.
Mr Bennett said the decision to close the nursery came after its manager, in a meeting with Ofsted representatives, said she could not guarantee the children’s safety and resigned.