Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Positive change for Mill Meadows Nursery

MORE than 100 people visited an open day at a nursery in Henley which was temporarily closed by education watchdog Ofsted

MORE than 100 people visited an open day at a nursery in Henley which was temporarily closed by education watchdog Ofsted.

Parents and children met staff and looked around the Mill Meadows Nursery and After School Club at Leichlingen Pavilion on Saturday.

New manager Diana Layfield said: “We have done a lot of redecorating and a lot of re-zoning. Everyone who came in loved the new setting and the children seemed to enjoy the activities.

“I’ve been instrumental in getting good, qualified and experienced staff in place. I want to move forward in a positive manner.”

Mrs Layfield, who previously ran an after-school club in Sonning Common, continued: “We will be running our popular after-school club by having a ‘walking bus’ service, where staff collect children from both Holy Trinity and Sacred Heart primary schools.”

The nursery will also run a summer holiday club with themed activity weeks from the middle of July to early September.

The nursery was closed by Ofsted in March followed complaints that it was sometimes understaffed and the children were not properly supervised on outings.

It was claimed that staff did not fully understand their role and the nursery’s policies and procedures did not care for the children effectively.

Concerns were also raised about the suitability of owners Samuel and Aime Ngube and that staff weren’t receiving adequate support or training.

The nursery, which caters for children aged three months to 11, re-opened in April and has since recruited Mrs Layfield and introduced a “more effective recruitment process”. Ofsted said the staff induction and supervision process had improved.




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