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Huddersfield nursery rated inadequate by Ofsted

Children faced "significant risk" when playing outdoors

A Huddersfield children’s nursery where youngsters were allowed to play underneath a shed that had rusty nails exposed and debris hanging from the roof has been rated inadequate by education watchdog Ofsted.

Huddersfield Community Nursery (Al-Nasiha) in the Clare Hill Centre at Clare Hill was inspected over a two-and-a-half-month period between 3 February and 29 April and served with four separate welfare requirements notices requiring improvements in child protection policies and procedures to safeguard children.

Huddersfield Community Nursery, based within Clare Hill Centre in Huddersfield, which has been rated “inadequate” by Ofsted. Image: Google.

Enforcement included training so that staff could identify and respond to child protection concerns, and for management to take steps to obtain criminal record checks for all adults working with children.

Robust recruitment and vetting checks also needed to be implemented while risk assessments were required to ensure all areas of the premises accessed by children were safe and suitable.

Following the inspection, on April 29 it was discovered that compliance action had not been met and so the nursery was rated inadequate in quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, and leadership and management.

Inspector Jennifer Dove found “significant weaknesses” that compromised children’s welfare with a manager and staff who “do not know how to identify and respond to concerns about children’s welfare. They fail to take prompt action to share concerns about children with the relevant agencies, where required.”

The manager and staff were found not to complete robust risk assessments and had failed to address risks. The inspector wrote: “As a result, children
frequently play underneath a shed with a broken roof, which has loose pieces of wood with rusty nails exposed and debris hanging from the roof. This poses a significant risk to children while playing outdoors.”

She found children were not receiving “an acceptable quality of education” and that children “frequently walk aimlessly around” an outdoor area and “become increasingly bored and upset as staff fail to interact and engage children in meaningful play.”

Supervision of staff was said to be “poor” with the manager failing to provide support, coaching and training, or induction training for new staff. The deputy manager’s “weak understanding” of how to safeguard and protect children, which “significantly” compromised their safety.

Huddersfield Community Nursery (Al-Nasiha) was registered in 2009 and provides funded early education places for two-, three- and four-year-old children. It has 27 youngsters on roll.

Nursery manager Rabena Khan was contacted for comment by the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

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