Leeds nursery rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted

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A nursery in Leeds has been ordered to improve after an inspection by Ofsted.

The education watchdog rated New Beginnings, near Pudsey, as “Inadequate” overall in a new report.

Inspectors raised concerns about management, development and supervision at the nursery, which is based at Park Spring Primary School.

The report said: “Weaknesses in sharing information and staff’s understanding of supporting children’s next steps in learning significantly impact on the outcomes for children.

“This means children are not supported to make the best possible progress.” Ofsted rated the nursery as “Inadequate” for its effectiveness of leadership and management, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment.

It received the same rating for personal development, behaviour and welfare and outcomes for children.

The report said: “The provider does not ensure that there is a suitably skilled and experienced deputy in charge in the manager’s absence. This places children at risk.”

Concerns were also raised about the progress children make.

The report said: “Staff complete regular observations and assessments of the children.

“However, they do not know how to use this information to develop children’s next steps in learning. Staff set unrealistic next steps for them.”

However, Ofsted praised staff for their friendly approach.

The report added: “Staff are friendly and warm. They are good role models and children’s behaviour is managed appropriately.”

The nursery is run by Lilyrose Ventures Ltd and opened in 2015. Ruth Phillips, nursery owner, said: “We will work with Ofsted to address the concerns in the report.”