Nursery judged ‘unsafe’

Swindon Advertiser: Hillsborough Day Nursery, Bishopstone Hillsborough Day Nursery, Bishopstone

SAFETY of children at the Hills-borough Day Nursery in Bishop-stone is at risk according to the schools watchdog.

The nursery, which operates out of a family home, has 37 children in the early years register on its roll, and has been running since 1995.

It was deemed to be good in its most recent inspection in 2010, but was judged inadequate during an inspection in November.

The nursery is disputing the report in its entirety and says it has begun legal proceedings against Ofsted.

The critical report laid out a number of problems with the nursery, and regular inspections will now take place.

The inspectors said: “Children do not make sufficient progress in their learning because staff do not plan and provide a suitable range of activities to build on what children already know and can do. The quality of teaching and support for children’s individual learning varies considerably across the setting.

“Some children show they are unsettled for much of the morning and staff do little to engage the children in interesting activities and enjoyable experiences.

“This does not support children's emotional well-being and help them prepare for changes in their life.”

The report raised further doubt around the suitability of management and staff, despite a new manager being put in place last year.

“The inspection was carried out following concerns that manager and provider do not have relevant knowledge or qualifications,” the report said. “Also that there is poor organisation and risk assessment and that education, planning and assessment is not sufficient.

“The leadership in the nursery is in a state of transition. There has been a recent change to the manager. She has taken some positive steps to improve the provision for children and the quality of staff practice, though it is too early for this to be fully effective.

“The provider has failed to notify Ofsted of a change to the partnership forming the registered person. This is an offence. The provider also does not have a robust system in place to ensure the suitability of staff as required.”

A spokesman for Hillsborough Day Nursery said: “Formal complaints about the report and the inspection have been lodged with Ofsted via ourselves and our solicitors.

“We are working with the local authority to meet all requirements within the early years foundation stage.

“For nearly 20 years Hillsborough has and continues to provide innovative and unique childcare through the nursery and our forest school where children continue to develop at their own rate.

“The progress of children once they have left the nursery has been excellent. Former and existing parents remain happy with children’s progress.”

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5:54am Wed 12 Feb 14

EastleazeRed says...

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5:56am Wed 12 Feb 14

EastleazeRed says...

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha , now thats what I call fcukin karma !
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha , now thats what I call fcukin karma ! EastleazeRed

8:16am Wed 12 Feb 14

RichardR1 says...

One wonders how much experience the Inspectors actually have of nursery care provision, or are they just ticking boxes. Children are individuals who progress at different rates. This Nursery has always had an excellent reputation I find it difficult to believe that it has become that bad.

Let's hope the Advertiser will follow this story as it clearly is going to get very nasty.
One wonders how much experience the Inspectors actually have of nursery care provision, or are they just ticking boxes. Children are individuals who progress at different rates. This Nursery has always had an excellent reputation I find it difficult to believe that it has become that bad. Let's hope the Advertiser will follow this story as it clearly is going to get very nasty. RichardR1

8:36am Wed 12 Feb 14

ChannelX says...

There won't be any nurseries left open in Swindon at this rate, it seems we read of one being closed down every other week at the moment.
There won't be any nurseries left open in Swindon at this rate, it seems we read of one being closed down every other week at the moment. ChannelX

9:10am Wed 12 Feb 14

Mango man says...

Clearly this nursery is just catering for Swindon folk and has standards set at the appropriate level for its clientele
Clearly this nursery is just catering for Swindon folk and has standards set at the appropriate level for its clientele Mango man

12:49pm Wed 12 Feb 14

swindondad says...

Most government inspections (be it OFSTED, Food Hygiene, Immigration Status etc) are just a matter of paperwork checks and box ticking. They have little if anything to do with the standard of service provided.

If you want to know how "good" a service is then talk to the customers (in this case the parent) and see if they thing it provides value for money.
Most government inspections (be it OFSTED, Food Hygiene, Immigration Status etc) are just a matter of paperwork checks and box ticking. They have little if anything to do with the standard of service provided. If you want to know how "good" a service is then talk to the customers (in this case the parent) and see if they thing it provides value for money. swindondad

9:56pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Sundial says...

Funnily enough I viewed this nursery last year thinking I would possibly send my child there. I do not agree they failed due to box ticking and I came away feeling the place was inadequate. The children were doing very little, there seemed to be no real activities going on, there were very few toys and the children just seemed to be wondering around doing nothing of any substance. I think they have long traded on this idea of being a forest school which most nurseries are now providing plus a great deal more. Perhaps rather than consulting their solicitors they should take advice and act on it to improve. Whether you like it or not, or agree with the system or not, OFSTED is how all educational establishments are judged.
Funnily enough I viewed this nursery last year thinking I would possibly send my child there. I do not agree they failed due to box ticking and I came away feeling the place was inadequate. The children were doing very little, there seemed to be no real activities going on, there were very few toys and the children just seemed to be wondering around doing nothing of any substance. I think they have long traded on this idea of being a forest school which most nurseries are now providing plus a great deal more. Perhaps rather than consulting their solicitors they should take advice and act on it to improve. Whether you like it or not, or agree with the system or not, OFSTED is how all educational establishments are judged. Sundial

7:45am Thu 13 Feb 14

Rubbercement says...

Mango, why don't you do one?? You've basically just slagged off people's children! Why don't you move away if your opinion of the people in this town is so low?? Preferably to some dark cave or under a rock!!
Mango, why don't you do one?? You've basically just slagged off people's children! Why don't you move away if your opinion of the people in this town is so low?? Preferably to some dark cave or under a rock!! Rubbercement

1:47pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Amberflame says...

EastleazeRed wrote:
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha , now thats what I call fcukin karma !
As some of us may not be in on your joke, could you elaborate??
[quote][p][bold]EastleazeRed[/bold] wrote: Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha , now thats what I call fcukin karma ![/p][/quote]As some of us may not be in on your joke, could you elaborate?? Amberflame

1:49pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Amberflame says...

RichardR1 wrote:
One wonders how much experience the Inspectors actually have of nursery care provision, or are they just ticking boxes. Children are individuals who progress at different rates. This Nursery has always had an excellent reputation I find it difficult to believe that it has become that bad.

Let's hope the Advertiser will follow this story as it clearly is going to get very nasty.
At the moment, this seems to be the theme that OFSTED are concentrating on. Children not making sufficient progress, pretty much the same reason that St Joseph's College recently failed their inspection.
[quote][p][bold]RichardR1[/bold] wrote: One wonders how much experience the Inspectors actually have of nursery care provision, or are they just ticking boxes. Children are individuals who progress at different rates. This Nursery has always had an excellent reputation I find it difficult to believe that it has become that bad. Let's hope the Advertiser will follow this story as it clearly is going to get very nasty.[/p][/quote]At the moment, this seems to be the theme that OFSTED are concentrating on. Children not making sufficient progress, pretty much the same reason that St Joseph's College recently failed their inspection. Amberflame

1:52pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Amberflame says...

swindondad wrote:
Most government inspections (be it OFSTED, Food Hygiene, Immigration Status etc) are just a matter of paperwork checks and box ticking. They have little if anything to do with the standard of service provided.

If you want to know how "good" a service is then talk to the customers (in this case the parent) and see if they thing it provides value for money.
Not sure if it is about value for money but if my child was spending a significant amount of their day in a Nursey then i would expect them to have a structured day of learning and leisure time. Nursery's are also a place of learning not just a babysitting service.
[quote][p][bold]swindondad[/bold] wrote: Most government inspections (be it OFSTED, Food Hygiene, Immigration Status etc) are just a matter of paperwork checks and box ticking. They have little if anything to do with the standard of service provided. If you want to know how "good" a service is then talk to the customers (in this case the parent) and see if they thing it provides value for money.[/p][/quote]Not sure if it is about value for money but if my child was spending a significant amount of their day in a Nursey then i would expect them to have a structured day of learning and leisure time. Nursery's are also a place of learning not just a babysitting service. Amberflame

2:02pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Amberflame says...

RichardR1 wrote:
One wonders how much experience the Inspectors actually have of nursery care provision, or are they just ticking boxes. Children are individuals who progress at different rates. This Nursery has always had an excellent reputation I find it difficult to believe that it has become that bad.

Let's hope the Advertiser will follow this story as it clearly is going to get very nasty.
I agree that children develop and learn at different rates but this is an OFSTED registered Nursery and as such is expected to follow a curriculum of learning. Failing an OFSTED inspection would mean that the Nursery are not doing their job. The inspection points out that the children are not making sufficient progress. These children along with support at home from parents need to be ready for when they enter Primary School. If the Nursery are not providing a good pre school education then the children will suffer once they enter Primary School.
[quote][p][bold]RichardR1[/bold] wrote: One wonders how much experience the Inspectors actually have of nursery care provision, or are they just ticking boxes. Children are individuals who progress at different rates. This Nursery has always had an excellent reputation I find it difficult to believe that it has become that bad. Let's hope the Advertiser will follow this story as it clearly is going to get very nasty.[/p][/quote]I agree that children develop and learn at different rates but this is an OFSTED registered Nursery and as such is expected to follow a curriculum of learning. Failing an OFSTED inspection would mean that the Nursery are not doing their job. The inspection points out that the children are not making sufficient progress. These children along with support at home from parents need to be ready for when they enter Primary School. If the Nursery are not providing a good pre school education then the children will suffer once they enter Primary School. Amberflame

6:44pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Strighthead says...

What a load of rubbish the children r well looked after by the best nursery staff in Wiltshire by trained level 3 nvq the staff. They treat and look after the children like they are there own, ofsted need to look at there own staff before making judgement on other people.
What a load of rubbish the children r well looked after by the best nursery staff in Wiltshire by trained level 3 nvq the staff. They treat and look after the children like they are there own, ofsted need to look at there own staff before making judgement on other people. Strighthead

9:44pm Thu 13 Feb 14

moshimonsters says...

The Ofsted report is complete rubbish. It strikes me as ironic that given this so called report and the time line when they are due to visit again - guess what they haven' t turned up! If they were that worried don't you think they would have inspected by now? Speaking from personal experience the children are cared for so well and they are treated as the staff's own. My children have emerged from this nursery happy, healthy and confident. If you asked any parent whose child attends they would say the same.
The Ofsted report is complete rubbish. It strikes me as ironic that given this so called report and the time line when they are due to visit again - guess what they haven' t turned up! If they were that worried don't you think they would have inspected by now? Speaking from personal experience the children are cared for so well and they are treated as the staff's own. My children have emerged from this nursery happy, healthy and confident. If you asked any parent whose child attends they would say the same. moshimonsters

10:55pm Thu 13 Feb 14

EastleazeRed says...

Amberflame wrote:
EastleazeRed wrote:
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha , now thats what I call fcukin karma !
As some of us may not be in on your joke, could you elaborate??
Lets just say this nursery deserves all it gets , run by Bishopstones answer to the beverly hillbillys ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Amberflame[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EastleazeRed[/bold] wrote: Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha , now thats what I call fcukin karma ![/p][/quote]As some of us may not be in on your joke, could you elaborate??[/p][/quote]Lets just say this nursery deserves all it gets , run by Bishopstones answer to the beverly hillbillys ;-) EastleazeRed

10:11am Sat 15 Feb 14

Sundial says...

Strighthead wrote:
What a load of rubbish the children r well looked after by the best nursery staff in Wiltshire by trained level 3 nvq the staff. They treat and look after the children like they are there own, ofsted need to look at there own staff before making judgement on other people.
The report clearly says there are people up there not qualified and some not even crb'd. Some may well be trained to level 3 but having staff there who are not crb'd is wrong. Why would OFSTED lie? Like anything OFSTED is there to improve performance. Rather than people get on the defensive saying it is amazing and wonderful why not vie w it that it will get even better with support (and I would argue with comments int the report that activities like drawing were hindered dramatically by the fact that nearly all the colouring pencils were unsharpened and the only toys provided in the morning session was a small box of bricks that it is not amazing) . Take the judgement on e chin and move on. Whether you like it or not that is how all nurseries and schools are judged and they are compared against each other. Based on my viewings of 6 nurseries in Swindon choosing one for my son, they are a long way of competing with quite a few of them.
[quote][p][bold]Strighthead[/bold] wrote: What a load of rubbish the children r well looked after by the best nursery staff in Wiltshire by trained level 3 nvq the staff. They treat and look after the children like they are there own, ofsted need to look at there own staff before making judgement on other people.[/p][/quote]The report clearly says there are people up there not qualified and some not even crb'd. Some may well be trained to level 3 but having staff there who are not crb'd is wrong. Why would OFSTED lie? Like anything OFSTED is there to improve performance. Rather than people get on the defensive saying it is amazing and wonderful why not vie w it that it will get even better with support (and I would argue with comments int the report that activities like drawing were hindered dramatically by the fact that nearly all the colouring pencils were unsharpened and the only toys provided in the morning session was a small box of bricks that it is not amazing) . Take the judgement on e chin and move on. Whether you like it or not that is how all nurseries and schools are judged and they are compared against each other. Based on my viewings of 6 nurseries in Swindon choosing one for my son, they are a long way of competing with quite a few of them. Sundial

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