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Little Raccoons improving after ‘Inadequate’ Ofsted rating

 Published on: 10th January 2019   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Pinner nursery which was given an ‘Inadequate’ rating after an Ofsted visit has seemingly turned its fortunes around.

Ofsted is responsible for inspecting and regulating services that care for children and young people.

Inspectors were critical of Little Raccoons Day Nursery in October last year, labelling staff supervision as “weak” and the teaching quality as “inadequate”, as well as claiming some staff were poor role models and their behaviour could “impact on a child’s emotional wellbeing.”

The nursery was given a welfare requirement notice with the deadline of November 2, meaning it had to take action and improve in the aspects outlined.

When Ofsted returned for another unannounced inspection on November 6, they ruled satisfactory action had been taken to meet the notice.

In the updated report, inspectors said: “On October 4, 2018, we carried out an unannounced inspection. The outcome of the inspection was that the provider was judged inadequate with enforcement action. We served a welfare requirement notice that asked the provider to meet the following actions by 2 November 2018:

“Implement effective staff monitoring systems to tackle poor performance and ensure that the manager and staff receive effective guidance, support and training to fulfil the requirements of their roles to drive improvement.  

“Ensure all staff, including the designated safeguarding officers, have a clear understanding of wider safeguarding issues and take appropriate action to protect children make sure staff work effectively with parents and other agencies to ensure children’s specific needs are met and they make good progress ensure staff use effective strategies to manage children’s behaviour, including being positive role models.

“On November 6, 2018, we carried out an unannounced visit and found that satisfactory action has been taken to meet the welfare requirement notice. Management are implementing systems to identify weaknesses in staff practice and drive improvement. 

“Staff now understand when they must follow their safeguarding procedures. Staff are sharing information with parents to ensure children’s needs are met. A staff meeting was held following the inspection during which staff discussed appropriate strategies to manage children’s behaviour.”

MyPinnerNews contacted Little Raccoons but they are yet to respond.

The nursery’s next Ofsted inspection is believed to be in around eight weeks.

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