Urgent action taken to improve children's nursery in Keighley following watchdog's highly-critical report

Urgent action taken to improve children's nursery in Keighley following watchdog's highly-critical report

CRITICISED: Keighley Community Nursery

CRITICISED: Keighley Community Nursery

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

ENFORCEMENT action has been taken against a children's nursery in Keighley by education inspectors after a series of failing were uncovered.

An Ofsted inspection at Keighley Community Nursery found it was "inadequate" in every category and also raised safeguarding issues.

But managers at the nursery now insist that the watchdog is since satisfied with the progress of an improvement plan to address the issues found in June.

More than 120 children attend the nursery which is based in the grounds of the Rainbow Children's centre in Braithwaite Grove and is managed by volunteers.

The highly-critical Ofsted report described quality of teaching as "poor," leading to gaps in children's development widening.

It said: "Children are not taught how to respect each other and behave well. Staff allow children to display negative behaviour. This means children are not learning what is acceptable and what is not.

"Furthermore children are not effectively supervised or monitored for signs of concussion or further injury following accidents or head injuries."

The report also stated staff do not follow health and safety procedures after accidents, accident forms are not filled in and parents are not always informed if their child has an accident that day.

In the category of "effectiveness of leadership and management" inspectors said children were not adequately safeguarded, and said: "The manager is unclear about the steps to take and who to notify should an allegation be made about a member of the staff team."

The report demanded the nursery ensured all staff understood the safeguarding policy, that a written record of accidents was kept and that staff had appropriate training.

It does include some positives, saying children sit in friendship groups which "supports children's independence and levels of confidence" and that the centre works well with the neighbouring children's centre.

In response, the nursery said many of the issues have been dealt with between the inspection and the report being published.

In a statement to the Telegraph & Argus it said: "We can confirm that following Ofsted's inspection in June, a monitoring visit was scheduled to review the actions taken subsequent to their feedback.

" This was completed on July 23 when they assessed our progress. We are pleased to confirm that Ofsted were satisfied with all the actions taken and the nursery will now be inspected as per the usual protocol.

"KCN is fully committed to providing a safe, caring and engaging environment that nurtures every child, enabling them to grow and develop and we are confident that effective changes have been made to ensure that the provision meets the needs of both its children and parents."

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10:05am Mon 1 Sep 14

Joedavid says...

Is the Council responsible for this place?
Or is it a privately owned business?
I'm surprised with so many failings it was allowed to stay open in June.
Is the Council responsible for this place? Or is it a privately owned business? I'm surprised with so many failings it was allowed to stay open in June. Joedavid
  • Score: 4

10:55am Mon 1 Sep 14

Albion. says...

Sounds like a thuggery school.
Sounds like a thuggery school. Albion.
  • Score: -1

4:57pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Ray-Jay says...

I am unconvinced that the Ofsted report from June is an accurate reflection of a nursery that provides child care for over 120 local children?
Perhaps this is another example of Ofsted getting it wrong?
I am unconvinced that the Ofsted report from June is an accurate reflection of a nursery that provides child care for over 120 local children? Perhaps this is another example of Ofsted getting it wrong? Ray-Jay
  • Score: -5

9:59pm Tue 2 Sep 14

CharlA says...

Unfortunatly ofsted are spot on here. This nursery needs closing. It hasn't always been like that but the quality has significantly decreased over the last year or so.
Unfortunatly ofsted are spot on here. This nursery needs closing. It hasn't always been like that but the quality has significantly decreased over the last year or so. CharlA
  • Score: 1

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