Education watchdog Ofsted has taken enforcement action against a Leeds nursery after a damning inspection reported a catalogue of failings.
Private day nursery Kautars Kinder Crew, in Meanwood, has been rated as inadequate by inspectors who reported findings including: children’s health at risk by staff giving medicines without parents’ permission, hygiene issues, some children not going outside all day, staff employed without CRB checks and ‘extremely weak’ quality of teaching.
Ofsted has now issued a list of improvement actions that must be taken but the nursery’s owner told the YEP that they dispute some of the report’s findings and have launched an appeal.
Among the findings were children’s health being put at risk by staffing giving medicines without parents’ written permission and not cleaning areas after changing nappies.
It also reported inadequate adult-to-child ratios and said children were not stimulated or motivated to learn, stating: “The quality of teaching is extremely weak and many staff have limited knowledge of how children learn and develop.”
It said children enjoy access outdoors however “many staff stand around the garden and do not display sufficient levels of warm, positive interaction to support children’s learning and curiosity.
“Babies access the outdoors for a few minutes late in the afternoon but activities are not planned or purposeful and by the time babies are outside it is time to take them back indoors for tea. As a result, some children do not access the outdoors at all during the day and those who do start to enjoy being outside have their opportunities to play quickly halted.”
One parent, who does not want to be named, contacted the YEP after pulling his children out of the nursery and said he was horrified by the report.
He said: “My children came home not clean or tidy and didn’t seem to have done anything so were bored and irritable. And [now] I discover that the children didn’t often play outside.”
Inspectors also found many staff had not had CRB checks - now known as Disclosure and Barring Service checks - or had their integrity checked through references. They also describe how children were exposed to sharp cracks on the floor and small balls were accessible to all ages despite posing a choking risk.
The report said the nursery’s strength was staff were friendly and approachable, with good relationships with parents.
The inspection, in April, followed 11 months after a previous inspection rated the nursery as “requires improvement”.
Ofsted has now issued a list of improvement actions in a ‘Welfare Requirement Notice’ and will monitor and re-inspect the nursery within six months.
Nursery director Faris Fisher said: “While we don’t agree with all the findings we have taken immediate action to remedy any failings.
“We take the wellbeing of our children very seriously and we have implemented an action plan to ensure we meet the highest standards and we are confident that we will meet all the necessary requirement to upgrade our rating.
“We have launched an appeal into the report as some of the findings are simply not fact and we have evidence and witnesses to support this. In addition we have also made a complaint into the investigation.
“We work closely with Leeds City Council and other professionals who support our nursery.
“The majority of our customers come through recommendation and we invite any parents to come and visit our nursery to judge for themselves. The management and staff are very proud and care for all our children and the nursery and are looking forward to the outcome of the appeal.”
Nigel Richardson, director of children’s services at Leeds City Council said: “It is always a top priority to ensure the children of Leeds are able to access good quality childcare provision. When we receive notification from Ofsted or via the private childcare provider of a poor inspection result we will work closely with the provider to help them make the necessary improvements. Our expert consultants visit the settings regularly and draw up a focused improvement plan which help the provider address the main areas of concern and improve the quality of their provision for the children in their care.”