Nursery rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted

Organised Chaos, Birkby Lane, Bailiff Bridge.
Organised Chaos, Birkby Lane, Bailiff Bridge.

Children are being put at risk in a nursery which Ofsted rated as ‘inadequate’.

Inspectors visiting Organised Chaos Day Nursery Limited in Bailiff Bridge, found that children were not always effectively safeguarded and there was inadequate supervision of children which impacted on their safety.

The privately owned nursery which has 54 children on roll was rated as ‘inadequate’ - the lowest grade - in all areas of assessment in the report.

Ofsted inspector Kate Smith said in her report: “The manager and leaders of the nursery have a poor understanding of the revised Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage and consequently have failed to identify where there are breaches in legal requirements. This means that children are not always effectively safeguarded.

“Staff are not deployed effectively and are not organised to meet the individual needs of children. Inadequate supervision of children impacts on their safety. This, and the lack of an effective key person system, has an adverse effect on children’s well-being.”

It says that children are not always protected from the risk of cross-infection as some areas of the premises are not always cleaned effectively.

Management fail to provide appropriate coaching, mentoring and support to promote effective teaching opportunities and quality learning experiences for all children and assessment of children’s progress is weak.

But Ms Smith does identify some areas of strength. She says that staff are aware of child protection procedures and understand their roles and responsibilies of this area of safeguarding and that children sing enthusiastically and join in the actions to familiar songs, developing their self-confidence and physical development.

The nursery in Birkby Lane has been issued with a Welfare Requirement Notice which requires them to provide challenging and enjoyable experiences for children in all areas of learning and development by; using robust observation and assessment of children’s learning to plan appropriate next steps taking account of children’s level of achievement, interest and learning styles.

It must also ensure adequate supervision of children at all times to ensure their safety and implement an effective procedure for 
performance management which includes the arrangements for supervision, coaching and improvements to staff’s understanding of the learning and development requirements of the statutory framework.