Oldham nursery rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted

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The nursery ‘wasn’t warm enough’ and the front gates were left unlocked as children played outside.

Hobble Wobbles nursery in Greater Manchester has been rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted as ‘unauthorised people’ could have entered the property whilst the children were playing outside.

The education watchdog found that heating in the building was not well managed as children were still feeling cold when they came indoors. The inspection took place in November and, whilst the nursery was found to be ‘inadequate’, the quality of teaching and learning was rated as ‘good’.

The report stated: “The manager and staff have poor knowledge of safeguarding issues.

“As a result, they do not fully understand their responsibilities to protect children from potential harm.

“Children play outside while the outdoor gate is not secured. This does not maintain their safety or ensure that unauthorised people are unable to gain access to the premises.

“The manager and staff have very poor knowledge of their responsibilities to protect children from potential harm of extreme views and behaviours.

“This means that their knowledge of how to safeguard children is weak.

“The provider’s inability to provide sufficient heating to the building at all times means that she fails to maintain a consistently warm temperature to support children’s well-being.”

The report added: “The provider has not ensured that there is sufficient heating of the premises during the morning sessions. As a result the playrooms are cold. Children comment that they feel cold playing while inside the building.”

Ofsted did, however, praise some aspects of the nursery. The setting received a ‘good’ rating for the quality of teaching and it was noted that regular observations and accurate assessments were made of children’s learning.

The report stated: “The children are settled and happy. They share good, supportive relationships with staff, which helps support their emotional security.”

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