Ofsted claims children at risk at Yate day nursery rated as inadequate

October 30 2017

A DAY nursery in Yate has been branded inadequate by the education watchdog, which claimed children were at risk of being hurt.

A DAY nursery in Yate has been branded inadequate by the education watchdog, which claimed children were at risk of being hurt.

Ofsted said the provider and staff at the Playmates Day Nursery did not manage children's behaviour appropriately and did not support youngsters to understand the consequences of their actions on others. 

Inspector Julie Swann said: “This puts children at risk of being hurt.”

She said the nursery, which is run in the YMCA hall in Station Road, did not meet all requirements of the Early Years Register and Childcare Register and the provider failed to understand how to safeguard children adequately, putting them “at significant risk”.

Her report spoke of poor behaviour of staff towards children, “extremely poor” staff interaction with them and some staff showing “an extremely poor attitude” towards youngsters.

Ms Swann said: “They do not treat them with the care, attention and patience that they require. This is detrimental to children's emotional needs.”

She also said children did not make the progress of which they were capable, they were not taught the importance of healthy lifestyles and were not provided with meals that were nutritionally balanced. 

The report said the provider failed to challenge inappropriate comments and practice by staff.

Ms Swann said: “Staff often just shouted ‘Stop it now’ and ‘I have told you to pack it in’ to stop any unwanted behaviour. They did not explain to children why this behaviour is unacceptable.

“Staff ignore regular disagreements between the children. They told the inspectors that children argue, hit, kick, and push each other over because they 'know each other outside of the setting’."

Ofsted said the issuing of a welfare requirements notice required the provider to take a number of steps to address issues raised.

The nursery is run by Susan Harrison and when previously inspected in 2015 had been rated as good.

The nursery declined to comment.