Children left outside 'inadequate' Blackburn nursery

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Education reporter

A NURSERY has been rated ‘inadequate’ after children were left outside unsupervised.

Ofsted Inspectors gave Fernbank Nursery, attached to Lammack County Primary School, in Lammack Road, Blackburn, the lowest possible rating.

Inspectors also slammed the nursery’s manager for not reporting the ‘serious incident’ as required by Ofsted rules.

Lead inspector Linda Shore also said the nursery’s whistleblowing policy was out of date leading staff to be unsure of how to report concerns.

However they did praise the early years education of the children.

The inspection had been prompted by concerns after the incident where children were left alone outside.

She said: “The manager has not reported a serious incident regarding children's safety to Ofsted as required.”

She added: “A recent incident saw three children left outside alone in the playground unsupervised. This places children at serious risk.

“The inspection was brought forward after concerns were raised with Ofsted about children left alone in the playground and the effectiveness of the management of the setting.”

She added: “Staff who have concerns about the conduct of colleagues are not given appropriate messages about the options available to them. The whistleblower policy is out of date and does not provide accurate information for staff to follow to safeguard children.”

The nursery, which is run by a management committee, currently has 77 children attending aged two, three and four-year-old. Inspectors did say there was some good aspects to teh education provided.

Ms Shore said: “Staff, and particularly key persons, develop suitable relationships with children as they understand the importance of supporting children's emotional well-being.

“Staff work with parents when settling new children into the nursery, therefore, they are suitably informed about the child's care, likes and dislikes. This generally helps staff in planning some activities for new children, based on their interests.”

One parent who spoke to the Lancashire Telegraph said: “I am really shocked to hear about this through Ofsted. The nursery should have told us this had happened.”

The nursery will be monitored and inspected again within six months by Ofsted. The nursery declined to comment.

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1:20pm Sat 1 Mar 14

the white witch says...

If it`s not social services putting & leaving children at risk it`s a nursery, what is wrong with these people doing this to children, is there not enough happening to children nowadays that these people left in charge of children has to put these children on the risk scale, how disgusting, places like this nursery does not deserve the trust of the parents. The manager needs sacking for not keeping an eye on her own nursey or taking action against this happening. I would say she wants the pay without the work. After all it`s common sense to keep children inside until the parents are there to collect them safe & sound is`nt it.
If it`s not social services putting & leaving children at risk it`s a nursery, what is wrong with these people doing this to children, is there not enough happening to children nowadays that these people left in charge of children has to put these children on the risk scale, how disgusting, places like this nursery does not deserve the trust of the parents. The manager needs sacking for not keeping an eye on her own nursey or taking action against this happening. I would say she wants the pay without the work. After all it`s common sense to keep children inside until the parents are there to collect them safe & sound is`nt it. the white witch
  • Score: 10

11:33am Sun 2 Mar 14

sbsupport says...

Well i am seriously not impressed by the management of this nursery, as a a parent my first reaction would be was it my child that was left unsupervised and why i was not informed of this prior to the report or it being in a newspaper. The management have failed badly and have broken the trust of parents. Get rid of the management team.
Well i am seriously not impressed by the management of this nursery, as a a parent my first reaction would be was it my child that was left unsupervised and why i was not informed of this prior to the report or it being in a newspaper. The management have failed badly and have broken the trust of parents. Get rid of the management team. sbsupport
  • Score: 5

1:24pm Sun 2 Mar 14

lady cadiva says...

Why is that the management have not informed parents of the nursery about what has happened, and why is that parents have only found out through a newspaper. With a serious incident like what has happened, why has there not been a statement or comment from the manager to defend the nursery and to reassure people that everything is being sorted out and what their next plan of action is. If my child attended that nursery i would be removing them from that setting as i would not trust them anymore the law states aswell that a child does not have to attend nursery as long they are in full time education at the age of 5. The staff at the nursery seem to be doing the best that they can, but if management is failing and they are not gtting the support where does that leave the staff member. They need to remove the management or the manager of the nursery seriously need to get her priorities in order. Its not always about money!
Why is that the management have not informed parents of the nursery about what has happened, and why is that parents have only found out through a newspaper. With a serious incident like what has happened, why has there not been a statement or comment from the manager to defend the nursery and to reassure people that everything is being sorted out and what their next plan of action is. If my child attended that nursery i would be removing them from that setting as i would not trust them anymore the law states aswell that a child does not have to attend nursery as long they are in full time education at the age of 5. The staff at the nursery seem to be doing the best that they can, but if management is failing and they are not gtting the support where does that leave the staff member. They need to remove the management or the manager of the nursery seriously need to get her priorities in order. Its not always about money! lady cadiva
  • Score: 3

4:18pm Sun 2 Mar 14

susieb27 says...

Oh my god i can not believe what i am reading, how can manager let her nursery fall to such low standards. If the manager is still running that nursery i would be saying to parents to remove their kids. Or seriously some one needs to get rid of the manager if she cant run the place then to ressolve the problem is by removing the problem which is the management . People put trust into nursery manager to look after children and the trust has been broken here. And can i just say how come parents have not been informed is the manager trying to cover up her own mess. What a bloody disgrace feel sorry for parents who send the kids and the staff who work under that manager.
Oh my god i can not believe what i am reading, how can manager let her nursery fall to such low standards. If the manager is still running that nursery i would be saying to parents to remove their kids. Or seriously some one needs to get rid of the manager if she cant run the place then to ressolve the problem is by removing the problem which is the management . People put trust into nursery manager to look after children and the trust has been broken here. And can i just say how come parents have not been informed is the manager trying to cover up her own mess. What a bloody disgrace feel sorry for parents who send the kids and the staff who work under that manager. susieb27
  • Score: 0

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