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Third inadequate Ofsted rating in row for nursery

By Jamie Brassington | West Bromwich | Health | Published:

A Sandwell nursery has been rated inadequate by Ofsted for the third time in a row - after inspectors found children were "exposed to risks of injury".

Bundles Of Joy, West Bromwich. Photo: Google.

Bundles of Joy Day Nursery, West Bromwich, was rated inadequate - the lowest grade possible - following a visit from the education watchdog in June.

It comes after the watchdog announced in April that it was seeking to close down the nursery.

But a nursery spokesman said bosses have strongly disagreed with the report’s findings and are considering an appeal. The nursery, off Old Meeting Street, cares for around 15 children.

The Ofsted report said: "Staff do not always supervise children well enough to keep them safe as they play.

"When children are injured, staff do not always respond appropriately.

"Some staff are not responsive enough to meet the emotional needs of younger children.

"During the inspection, a member of staff failed to respond to the needs of a distressed baby, until prompted by the inspector.

"There are significant concerns about the provider's capacity to meet safeguarding and welfare requirements.

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"Consequently, children are not always adequately supervised.

"They are exposed to potential risk of harm and do not receive adequate levels of care."

The latest inspection came after concerns were raised to Ofsted, in March, that the nursery was not meeting its requirements of care.

Ofsted suspended the provider's registration following this - but then lifted the suspension after the nursery addressed these concerns.

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But the watchdog also said in a document, published in April, that it is "taking steps to cancel the provider's registration".

A spokesperson for the nursery said: “We are fully committed to maintaining high standards of teaching, learning, development and welfare for children.

"We strongly disagree with the conclusions of this Ofsted report and we are now considering the different options to appeal and challenge its findings.

“We are continuing to work with Ofsted in regards to our registration.”

The nursery was rated inadequate in its previous two inspections which took place in December and July of 2018.

Jamie Brassington

By Jamie Brassington
Senior Multi-Media Journalist - @JamieB_Star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star. Contact me at jamie.brassington@expressandstar.co.uk.

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