Security lapse saw children leave nursery unsupervised
PUBLISHED: 07:00 31 July 2015
A PRESCHOOL in Worle has been labelled as ‘inadequate’ after children were found to have left the premises on their own.
Safeguarding and welfare needs were not met at Worley Birds preschool, which is based in Mead Vale Community Hall and has 30 children on its roll.
Education watchdog Ofsted found staff failed to recognise signs of possible abuse and neglect – although inspectors saw no signs of abuse at the preschool.
The centre was previously rated as good but an inspection at the end of June labelled it as inadequate.
The newly-published report states the needs of children attending the nursery were not met and its leadership was ineffective. The report said: “The manager fails to meet the safeguarding and welfare requirements.
“Children have left the premises unsupervised because staff do not manage the security of the premises adequately.”
Inspectors also highlighted how possible signs of abuse were being missed. The report said: “The manager does not have effective induction arrangements for staff to ensure they are trained to recognise the signs and symptoms of possible abuse and neglect and how to respond.”
The report also criticised staff’s ability to manage children’s behaviour and the quality of teaching, and said: “They do not tailor care and learning experiences to meet the needs of all children, especially the youngest and those identified with additional needs.”
But the report praised the centre for developing an awareness of healthy living in children and helping them to become independent.
To improve its rating the nursery needs to arrange supervision and assessments for staff, improve their knowledge and make sure children’s behaviour is being managed.
The report says: “The provider must ensure children are adequately supervised and staff are deployed effectively.
“It must improve the quality of teaching so staff know how to support and extend children’s play.”
The Mercury made several attempts to contact the nursery management, but they were not available to comment.