A Peterborough nursery has been placed in special measures after a highly critical Ofsted report.
The regulator has stepped in after Apple Kids Nursery on Broadway was rated as ‘inadequate,’ with inspectors finding “ineffective” safeguarding arrangements.
One example given was of a young child accessing and drinking medication set aside for another person, while there were holes in the closed doors of a summerhouse which children could crawl through, with staff unaware of there whereabouts.
The Ofsted report also indicated that “risk assessments are inadequate” and that the quality of teaching is “generally weak.”
Inspectors also noted that behaviour is not managed appropriately and that “children are not prepared well for their move to school.” The Peterborough Telegraph rang the nursery last week for comment and was told “we are not discussing this.”
On the nursery’s website it states: “The Apple Kids Nursery took over an established nursery which was called Bright Kids Broadway on the 21st May 2015.
“We kept everything the same but made slight improvements. The nursery was ‘good’ in the last Ofsted inspection and we aim to be ‘outstanding’ in the next. With some investment of time and effort, we will get there with the help of our wonderful staff, parents and children.”
A spokeswoman for Peterborough City Council said: “The council takes any inadequate judgements from Ofsted very seriously. Any childcare setting in this situation is required to supply a clear action plan for improvement which addresses all of the specific issues highlighted by Ofsted.
“We will not fund any new children to the nursery until future inspections identify an improvement in grade. The council will continue to work with both the nursery and Ofsted during the monitoring period.”
Ofsted said it carried out its inspection in December 2015 due to concerns raised about the safety of children in the nursery. Inspectors did note that children enjoy meals together and are encouraged to develop good manners.