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Scallywags Day Nursery in Oakham graded as 'inadequate' by Ofsted

A nursery has been graded as ‘inadequate’ in a recent Ofsted inspection.

Scallywags Day Nursery in Cold Overton Road in Oakham received the grading after an inspection which took place on April 17.

It was graded ‘good’ in quality of teaching, learning and assessment and outcomes for children but ‘inadequate’ in effectiveness of leadership and personal development, behaviour and welfare.

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The report states: “The arrangements for safeguarding are not effective.

“Staff do not have a secure knowledge of all areas of safeguarding children, especially in the the distribution of food.

“The nursery cook has clear procedures in place for ensuring that children’s dietary requirements are kept separate.

“They are clearly labelled and put into containers for staff to distribute once to the food gets to the room.

“However, staff do not always ensure that children receive the correct

“As a result, the children’s safety is not assured.”

The report does praise the manager and states the staff team ‘have a positive impact on the quality of teaching’.

It also says parents ‘comment positively’ about the nursery and feel it has a ‘positive impact’ on their children’s development.

Outcomes for children are graded as ‘good’.

In a letter to parents from May 1, Alan Scott, managing director, said: “ This is an extremely disappointing rating, in which we feel is completely unfair on all of our staff, who work very hard to ensure the best quality childcare for your children.

“The Ofsted inspection was triggered by a complaint to an isolated incident, which occurred at the nursery on April 8.

“The Ofsted inspector turned up unannounced on the morning of April

“The incident involved a member of staff handing a dairy yoghurt to a child that has an allergy to dairy.

“The mistake was quickly realised, and the yoghurt was taken away from the child.

“We took this incident extremely seriously, and I feel that the actions of the staff and the changes that we have made following this error demonstrates good safeguarding and best practice in child

“You can be reassured that we are always striving for improvement, self- evaluating and assessing our quality standards.”

There will be another inspection within six months.

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