BOSSES at a Felixstowe nursery have today reassured parents that their children are in safe hands in the wake of a scathing Ofsted report.

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Inspectors discovered one member of staff at Play Pit Nursery in Brownlow Road, Felixstowe, did not have the appropriate criminal checks to be working with the children, when they visited in December.

Concerns were also raised about practitioners not having a clear enough understanding of safeguarding procedures, as the facility was given the lowest possible rating of inadequate.

The report said: “Recruitment procedures are not adhered to or monitored effectively. As a result there are occasions when adults whose suitability has not yet been checked are left unsupervised with children.”

A nursery spokeswoman said the staff member without an appropriate criminal check was CRB checked however when they moved to the nursery, they required a new one.

All members of staff at the Play Pit are now fully up-to-date with criminal record checks.

The spokeswoman added: “Although the Ofsted inspection is a very thorough and rigorous inspection of a nursery, the report that is eventually published can only give a snapshot, as the inspectors have to write the report within a set word count.

“The verbal feedback is much more detailed and much more helpful, to the nursery, and we are already working on the points for development.

“At the end of the inspection a single observation was made that was due to a problem with a non transferable CRB check.

“We have been working since then to ensure that we, and all our staff, are fully implementing all our policies and procedures.”

Inspectors did also praise the work of the nursery particularly with the work it does to meet the needs of the Early Years Foundation Stage, which was rated as good.

Other positives from the report included building up children’s self esteem and confidence, while improvements to the nursery was also praised.

Nursery staff are now confident they will make the improvements necessary to turn around their fortunes at the next inspection.

The nursery spokeswoman said: “Our inspection went very well with many areas receiving high praise and we are confident on Ofsted’s next visit that we will receive a good rating.”

Play Pit Day Nursery will be visited by inspectors again within the next year to determine whether or not improvements have been made.

8 comments

  • Ofsted is an organisation not fit for purpose as is also the case with the CQC - they should help and advise rather than castigate and scare-monger.

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    Chris Ward

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Sadly this story reminds me of similarities with Registered Care Homes. Many years ago they were visited by Residential Homes Advisors and because of their experience and visiting other homes the "visitors" were able to provide valuable support. When these visits changed to "inspection" it seemed to me that the visit was only considered complete or successful if one or more faults were found. Visiting the premises and speaking with the clients is usually more helpfula nd reliable.

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    DALINE

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Well done for achieving a 2 for your early years provision. I know how difficult it is to achieve that grade with the current guidelines. My daughter's happy and doing well there. I've always experienced you following procedures, so it's a shame you've been graded inadequate because one person's CRB check was non transferable. I had to have 4 within 6 months at one point - for every organisation I was involved with. Despite having 5 current, some very recent, enhanced CRB's for young people and vulnerable adults, I need yet another for another thing I'm about to be involved with. It's a pity there's no easier way to deal with this. I agree with safeguarding and CRB checks, but surely the system could be made simpler. Hopefully, you'll get the 2 you deserve within the year. Good luck.

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    Elaine Eagles

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • I have to say that my son goes to this nursery and i have had no issues. My son has great manners and is always in good spirits when i collect him. If i have had any problems i have brought this up with the relevant parties and they have been dealt with accordingly. but find that putting things like this as front page news is scare mongering. I'm sure as parents if we felt there were any safeguarding issues we would not be sending our children to the relevant places.

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    Gaily B xx

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • I have to say that my son goes to this nursery and i have had no issues. My son has great manners and is always in good spirits when i collect him. If i have had any problems i have brought this up with the relevant parties and they have been dealt with accordingly. but find that putting things like this as front page news is scare mongering. I'm sure as parents if we felt there were any safeguarding issues we would not be sending our children to the relevant places.

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    Gaily B xx

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • My child also attends this nursery and has done for some time. We have never had any issues and find the staff very accommodating - even at very short notice. We have been fully informed of the findings from OFSTED, provided with a copy of the report and it does not change anything for us. This story making the front page obviously shows that yesterday was a slow news day. We fully support the nursery and all of the staff who do an amazing job day in and day out - why should they be made to feel like failures for one oversight? You have our support girls!

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    Mrs T

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • I think the Evening Star are scaremongering! The healine is misleading. The staff member involved had a CRB check but needed a new one. I think that says it all. My son attended this nursery ( several years ago admittedly ) but I always found the staff to be friendly, very capable and very knowledgable about day to day childcare. I would still recommend it as a place for any child to attend.

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    N M

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • This story just highlights the ridiculous bureaucratic situation of needing a separate CRB check for each place or organisation that you work at or volunteer for.

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    On Two Wheels

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

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