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Rosehill Playgroup in Ipswich gets inadequate Ofsted after child hospitalised in ‘significant event’

PUBLISHED: 06:00 31 January 2018 | UPDATED: 13:58 31 January 2018

Rosehill Playgroup in Ipswich has been given an inadequate Ofsted. Picture: ARCHANT

Rosehill Playgroup in Ipswich has been given an inadequate Ofsted. Picture: ARCHANT

An Ipswich playgroup has been given an ‘inadequate’ Ofsted rating after it failed to inform the watchdog there had been a “significant event” which required hospital treatment for a child.

Rosehill Playgroup, which is held at St Bartholomew’s Church Hall in Newton Road, was inspected on January 9, and in a report published yesterday was given an ‘inadequate’ rating – down from the ‘good’ rating it was given in May 2016.

The report said: “The provider has failed to notify Ofsted of a significant event that required a child to be taken to hospital.”

It added: “Insufficient action has been taken to safeguard children following this incident.”

What the incident was, when it happened or what injuries the child suffered have not been disclosed but the report did state that hazards, such as stacked chairs, have not been made safe, which inspectors said poses a significant risk to children’s safety.

Chairs were stacked in a way where children can pull them over or fall against them, the report added.

A spokeswoman from the playgroup said the issues were resolved within 48 hours.

She said: “We were disappointed with the outcome of the recent Ofsted inspection, and we continue to work with the parish church committee.

“The issues raised were quickly rectified within 48 hours and an action plan has been put in place.”

The spokeswoman added that it was rated ‘good’ in its last inspection and staff were “working hard” ahead of a return visit by inspectors within the next six months, where it hoped to gain an improved rating.

At its inspection in June 2015 it was rated ‘requires improvement’, before improving to ‘good’ following a visit by inspectors in May 2016.

Other issues highlighted by lead inspector Jacqueline Mason in the latest report included a lack of daily opportunities to be outdoors.

A series of improvements needed were given to the establishment, which included removing potential risks, offering daily opportunities outside and making sure children play safely, which must be initiated by January 31.

Despite the issues, the report did praise the staff for “knowing the children well” and being “good role models”, as well as checking their progress.

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