Nursery reopens after Ofsted suspended registration

May 04 2022
Nursery reopens after Ofsted suspended registration

A FRAMPTON Cotterell nursery has reopened after closing for repairs when Ofsted suspended its registration.

The education watchdog said it "received concerns" in January that 100 Acre Wood nursery in Church Road was not meeting some of its statutory legal requirements.

The regulator then served a welfare requirements notice, after a visit in February.

In a statement detailing its response to the complaint, Ofsted said: "We suspended the provider's registration because we believe children may be at risk of harm.

"Suspension allows time for the provider to take steps to reduce or eliminate the risk of harm to children."

Ofsted said it had set out a series of requirements for the nursery to meet, including:

*Ensuring staff adequately supervised babies while eating.

*Providing suitable facilities for the hygienic preparation of food for children, including sterilisation of equipment for babies.

*Ensuring the nursery premises, including all outdoor spaces, were fit for purpose and suitable for children being cared for, while complying with the requirements of the health and safety legislation.

*Providing safe sleeping arrangements for babies and toddlers while ensuring they have access to clean and adequate cots and bedding.

*Providing suitable hygienic changing facilities for children in nappies

Ofsted returned on March 23 and said: "We found that the provider had not met some of the actions set in the welfare requirement notice.

"We have served another welfare requirements notice."

The second notice included the previous requirements relating to the premises.

Ofsted returned to the nursery on April 8 for a further regulatory call.

The regulator said: "We found that the provider had met the actions set in the welfare requirement notice issued on 29 March 2022.

"We also lifted the suspension because the provider took appropriate action to deal with the matter that led to the suspension.

"We are satisfied that the identified risk of harm to children has been removed. The provider is still registered with Ofsted."

Last month a parent told the Voice that families had been told the nursery would have to close for up to six weeks for repairs.

100 Acre Wood is operated by Just Childcare Ltd.

The company told the Voice: "The building works have now been completed and we have used the opportunity of the closure to fully refurbish the nursery.

"We have worked with OFSTED during this time to ensure that all requirements were satisfied, and this has included additional staff training.

"The nursery has re-opened on Monday April 25 as planned, following an open day for our parents on Saturday April 23."