Thursday, 21 September 2017

Nursery re-opens doors after Ofsted closure

A NURSERY in Henley, which was temporarily closed by education watchdog Ofsted earlier this year, will hold an open day tomorrow (Saturday)

A NURSERY in Henley, which was temporarily closed by education watchdog Ofsted earlier this year, will hold an open day tomorrow (Saturday).

Parents and children are invited meet the staff and look around the Mill Meadows Nursery and After School Club at Leichlingen pavilion from 10am.

New manager Diana Layfield said fully trained and experienced staff had been recruited and she was confident that the nursery and after-school club would now be offer a high standard of childcare for children aged three months to 11.

Mrs Layfield, who previously ran an after-school club in Sonning Common that was rated “outstanding” by Ofsted, said: “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 children come back to Mill Meadows for fun activities and a homework club.”

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

Deputy manager Sophie Rivers said: “We’re hoping our holiday club proves popular with families with young children who would prefer to drop them at the same location, where there will be well-trained staff and age appropriate activities.”

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 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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