Eastbourne nursery criticised over safety checks

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An Eastbourne nursery has been criticised by Ofsted after its latest report raised concerns over safety checks.

Inspectors said staff, at the Double Ducks Nursery in Pevensey Road, were not regularly performing daily risk assessments at the building.

The report, which has just been published, said staff had breached the Childcare Register by failing to make the checks and the nursery as a whole ‘requires improvement.’

The inspector also said nursery managers were unaware the checks were not taking place and did not do enough to ensure they did.

The inspector said, “The manager does not make sure staff complete robust safety checks consistently to identify and remove all hazards to children’s safety.

“This is also a breach of the Childcare Register.”

The report also raised concerns over the support available to children who are learning English as a second language.

While the inspector raised concerns over nursery procedure on these safety checks, she made clear that no child had been harmed as a result of the failures.

Wider safeguarding for children was also found to be good as staff knew to look for indications a child’s welfare was at risk .

The inspector praised the nursery staff for their interactions with children particularly for their maths teaching.

She said, “Staff consider children’s individual needs during times of change to help these go smoothly.

“Children build good relationships with staff.

“Children are happy and enjoy their time at the setting.”

The nursery’s owner, Harriet Pacey, said she was disappointed with the watchdog’s report and said the risk assessment Ofsted had highlighted – to do with water tubs in a designated fire exit – was “something very minor.”

She said, “It is unfortunate that Ofsted have reported this incident as such because it was a problem rectified within minutes and certainly won’t happen again.

“In terms of impact on the children there has not been any at all.”

Mrs Pacey also said the nursery was looking to improve its provision for English as an additional language.

She said, “I am forever trying to source help and guidance with how to improve practice but surprisingly enough there is not much help out there and no additional funding is given to nurseries in this predicament for extra training and resources.”

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