Nursery appeals its Ofsted report

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A nursery in Ilkeston that was rated as inadequate by Ofsted has appealed the outcome.

The Pines Private Day Nursery on Stanton Road was inspected in November following concerns raised to Ofsted about safeguarding due to an incident that happened outside of the nursery.

The report stated: “The management team and staff do not understand their responsibilities towards safeguarding children in their care, especially when identifying possible signs of abuse and reporting to relevant agencies. As a result, children’s safety is compromised and children are at risk.”

But a letter sent to parents from nursery bosses reads: “The Pines Nursery would like to reassure parents that the staff team do understand their responsibilities toward safeguarding children in their care, and make every effort to keep all children safe from harm whilst in their care. Ofsted highlighted that some aspects of record keeping ought to have been more thorough relating to incidents that occur outside of nursery.

“A detailed action plan for the management of nursery and future actions for the childcare team is kept in the nursery office. We would like to reassure you that the care of your child is our priority, and we will continue to provide a safe and nurturing environment where our team are attentive to the needs of your child.

“The nursery will now embark upon a determined journey to be rated at least good within the next six months.”

Ofsted will visit the again within that time and the nursery have also commissioned an inspection in January by a safeguarding specialist.