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Nursery in Kilburn slammed by Ofsted over catalogue of failings

PUBLISHED: 10:27 11 August 2014 | UPDATED: 10:27 11 August 2014

Seahorses Nursery in Kilburn (Pic credit: Jonathan Goldberg)

Seahorses Nursery in Kilburn (Pic credit: Jonathan Goldberg)

Jonathan Goldberg

A nursery in Kilburn which has repeatedly failed to improve standards after being branded as inadequate may have been exposed children to dangers in their outdoor play area.

A nursery in Kilburn has come under fire for failing to tackle a catalogues of shortcomings in early years provisions.

In a second damning Ofsted report in as many months, Seahorses Day Nursery (SDN), in Albert Road, has repeatedly failed to improve standards after being branded as inadequate.

According to inspectors for the education watchdog, the nursery may have exposed children to dangers in their outdoor play area and a risk assessment revealed a host of safety hazards.

A heavy plastic door with sharp edges was found insecurely propped against a shed could have fallen onto the youngsters or they could have cut themselves on the split edges, according to the report.

The inspector, also found “many” small stones and a steel screw and bolt in the garden.

“The garden is used by the babies and they tend to explore by putting things into their mouths. These small items pose as a choking hazard,” she added.

What’s more, concerns have been raised over the play house complete with slide which has been installed without safety surfaces to cushion children if they were to fall.

While acknowledging improvements to the progress and support of the students’ learning, the inspector said that they were inconsistent.

Adding that members of staff do not consider specified targets, set by outside professionals given to some children, as part of their plan for learning she continued: “This poor practice means that some children are not receiving the intervention they need to support their progression.”

However, the SDN was commended for addressing issues in behaviour management strategies with children and staff interaction with children.

Despite this, the inspector said it had not taken prompt and “effective” action to address the point for improvement.

The nursery has been subject to “regular” monitoring after being deemed as inadequate in a report published in early June.

It was judged as inadequate on all three Ofsted criteria for early years provisions: how well it meets the needs of the range of children who attend; the contributions to the well-being of children and the effectiveness of the leadership and management and the effectiveness of the leadership and management.

The nursery declined to comment when contacted by the Times.


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