STAFF at a preschool in Hampshire are ‘disappointed’ after they went from ‘outstanding’ to ‘inadequate’ rating.
Netley Marsh’s Woodlands Nursery School was found to be ‘inadequate’ in Ofsted’s latest report following an inspection on July 18.
The school of 25 children received this rating in all four categories – quality of education, behavior and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management.
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However, since the inspection, the kindergarten has taken on new management.
Principal Lisa Shaw said the school was now working with the local authority to implement improvements to “address the challenges” raised.
Inspectors pointed out that the welfare and safety of the children was compromised and that the former director (who was present at the time of the inspection) “did not have a clear understanding of the safeguarding processes that should follow”.
For example, when concerns were raised, she “had taken no further action” and had “little knowledge” of child protection.
Children were too often left to learn on their own, with little improvement from staff.
This limited ‘focused learning’ prevented staff from building on what the children already knew and needed to know next.
Despite this, the inspectors found that the children had plenty of opportunities to explore their environment.
They took daily walks around the park and spent a “large part of their day” in the nursery school compound.
Lisa Shaw said: “Given our previous ‘outstanding’ rating and our consistent record of ‘good’ inspections prior to this, we are understandably disappointed.
“However, we were delighted that the inspector underlined in the report that the children are well supported in their physical development and that the staff know the interests of the children.
“All staff participated in safeguarding training over the summer holidays to refresh and consolidate their knowledge, and new measures are now in place to strengthen our referral processes for children who need support. additional.”
A new curriculum and routines to “further enhance children’s learning” have also been introduced.
Staff are undergoing behavior management training so they can effectively implement behavior management plans while continuing to recognize the effects of the pandemic on children’s behavioral development.
Lisa added: “It is important to note that I would like to thank the staff for their continued dedication and commitment to improving and I would like to thank all of our families for their continued support as we work to turn around the current rating. as fast as possible.
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