Pre-school upset over 'missing' child report

Haydon Meadow pre school staff at the sessional door which has caused issues for the education watchdog. Picture: THOMAS KELSEY

Haydon Meadow pre school staff at the sessional door which has caused issues for the education watchdog. Picture: THOMAS KELSEY Buy this photo

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A CHILD at Haydon Meadow Pre School reported as missing by Ofsted had only wandered as far as the corridor, according to manager Debbie Waldron.

In a report from the education watchdog, which declares the Haydon Centre organisation ‘inadequate’, there are a series of incorrect statements, according to the pre-school.

The May 2 inspection was triggered after a notification from the early years provider which revealed a child had left the pre-school unsupervised on April 29 and gone missing for a short period of time.

In her report, which is the subject of an appeal from Ms Waldron, Melissa Cox said: “This raised concerns relating to child supervision, staff deployment, safety and risk assessment.

“At the inspection, it was found that the provider had acted appropriately by informing parents and Ofsted of this event.

“However, it was also noted that the risk assessment had not been sufficiently reviewed after the incident and so prompt action has not been taken to prevent this happening again.

“As a result, the door to the sessional classroom remains unsecured and is not being sufficiently monitored to ensure children are secure.

“This means that visitors to the complex can freely access the classroom and children can leave the room unsupervised.

“In addition, because staff are sometimes deployed elsewhere in the room or in the outdoor area, children are often not in their line of sight and/or hearing to ensure they are supervised appropriately.”

Parents, as well as the education watchdog, were immediately informed of the incident. The boy in question remains a pupil at the pre-school, with the full backing of his parents, according to Ms Waldron.

She said the incident took place first thing in the morning, when the classroom door was open and allowing children in for the day.

The boy had been helping the door monitor allow pupils in, when she lost sight of him and he wandered into the corridor.

That door monitor no longer works at the pre-school.

In a letter to parents responding to the damning Ofsted report, Ms Waldron and co-manager Chris Webb said: “The door of the room, when closed, was identified to be secure and safe, which agrees with previous Ofsted inspections, particularly one that was carried out on a group last year, who use the same premises and care for Early Years children.

“No child has ever (in over 20 years) opened the door independently. This door is weighted making it difficult for a child to pull open from inside the pre-school.”

Another section of the Ofsted report states the provider failed to notify the watchdog that a number of children had been treated for a notifiable disease.

The managers said two cases of scarlet fever had been confirmed. They told the local health authority of the cases and were only instructed to notify Ofsted if it became an epidemic, with 12 or more cases.

Parents were updated at every turn, it said.

“I want the truth to be told,” said Ms Waldron. “The child got into the corridor and we informed Ofsted.

“She (the inspector) obviously hasn’t listened to us as to what did happen.”

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10:46am Tue 10 Jun 14

CocoaClown says...

I do think Ofsted overreact to things and do take a very harsh line, but you can't wash over the fact that a child did get out and was unsupervised, if only for a short period it still happened. Yes it may have been while the door was open and people were dropping other children off but this is one of the busiest times and when children should be monitored more to prevent them from getting back out of the class. This corridor is a public area and in worst case scenario he could have wondered off out of the Haydon Centre or someone could have easily walked out with him. I do think rating as inadequate as a result of this alone is wrong but perhaps there were other factors that resulted in this decision?
I've been at the Haydon Centre in the past where staff from this pre-school have been sat in the communal area discussing a child and their parents which I would have thought should be done in a private room.
Not saying they don't do a good job, and incidents do happen, but perhaps this report will ensure they are all on their toes all the time.
I do think Ofsted overreact to things and do take a very harsh line, but you can't wash over the fact that a child did get out and was unsupervised, if only for a short period it still happened. Yes it may have been while the door was open and people were dropping other children off but this is one of the busiest times and when children should be monitored more to prevent them from getting back out of the class. This corridor is a public area and in worst case scenario he could have wondered off out of the Haydon Centre or someone could have easily walked out with him. I do think rating as inadequate as a result of this alone is wrong but perhaps there were other factors that resulted in this decision? I've been at the Haydon Centre in the past where staff from this pre-school have been sat in the communal area discussing a child and their parents which I would have thought should be done in a private room. Not saying they don't do a good job, and incidents do happen, but perhaps this report will ensure they are all on their toes all the time. CocoaClown
  • Score: 3

3:42pm Tue 10 Jun 14

bradley red 1 says...

The staff are not very caring or considerate towards the children, I pulled my daughter out as she dreaded going. Not surprised by these findings.
The staff are not very caring or considerate towards the children, I pulled my daughter out as she dreaded going. Not surprised by these findings. bradley red 1
  • Score: 1

4:49pm Tue 10 Jun 14

CocoaClown says...

Having read the article again, it seems that the door to the classroom isn't kept locked so enabling any stranger off the street to walk in. I would not be happy with that. The Haydon Centre is a public building and anyone can access it.
We lock our door at home to prevent people entering and also our young children escaping and would expect an establishment caring for children to do the same. Surely they can see that they need some type of security on the door, whether that be a lock or a key code type entry system?? I'm quite shocked actually that it is left unlocked/unsecured.
Having read the article again, it seems that the door to the classroom isn't kept locked so enabling any stranger off the street to walk in. I would not be happy with that. The Haydon Centre is a public building and anyone can access it. We lock our door at home to prevent people entering and also our young children escaping and would expect an establishment caring for children to do the same. Surely they can see that they need some type of security on the door, whether that be a lock or a key code type entry system?? I'm quite shocked actually that it is left unlocked/unsecured. CocoaClown
  • Score: -7

10:40pm Tue 10 Jun 14

motherwhocares1 says...

The child actually got bought back from the car park area by another parent he had got further than the corridor and luckily another parent bought him back into the building.
The child actually got bought back from the car park area by another parent he had got further than the corridor and luckily another parent bought him back into the building. motherwhocares1
  • Score: -4

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