#childsafety | Wokingham: Nursery safeguarding concerns raised following Ofsted inspection


AN OFSTED welfare requirements notice has been issued to a nursery/preschool in Wokingham, with requirements needing to be met by Monday.

The notice was issued to Bright Horizons Wokingham Day Nursery and Preschool, Wokingham, following an unannounced visit on August 24.

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The visit was announced following a complaint raised to Ofsted about the nursery in April, which expressed concerns regarding staffing issues.

In the notice following the visit, Ofsted detailed concerns over the staff’s safeguarding knowledge and protocols.

A list of required improvements was then made, including to:

– Implement a policy, and procedures, to safeguard children that is in line with the guidance and procedures of the relevant Local Safeguarding Children Partnership (LSCP) and that supports staff to understand and keep up-to-date with local safeguarding protocols

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– Ensure the designated lead practitioner for safeguarding has sufficient knowledge and understanding of safeguarding and provides accurate support, advice and guidance to staff so that appropriate action is taken to promote children’s safety and well-being at the earliest opportunity

– Ensure that all staff have up-to-date knowledge of safeguarding issues and take timely and appropriate action when they identify concerns

– Ensure that staff have a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities and the appropriate skills and knowledge to fulfil their roles, with particular regard to the action they would follow in the event of an emergency situation involving a member of staff

– Implement effective opportunities for staff supervision that provides coaching and continuous improvement and includes opportunities for staff to discuss any issues, particularly concerning children’s development or well being including child protection concerns

Bright Horizons Wokingham Day Nursery and Preschool was then told it needed to meet these requirements by Monday, September 14.

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A spokesman for Ofsted said: “On 28 April 2020, the provider notified us of a complaint they had received that related to staffing issues.

“The notification means that the provider met their legal responsibility as set out in the ‘Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage’ to notify Ofsted of a significant event in the setting.

“On the 24 August 2020, we conducted an unannounced visit and found the provider was not meeting a number of requirements. We have served a welfare requirements notice.

“This is a legal notice that requires the provider to take the actions below within the timescales set out. The provider will be able to give parents further information about this.”

for the full report, visit reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/16/EY439405.




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