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Kidz Ok..not really says Ofsted as Little Parndon pre-school plumb into special measures

Education: Secondary / Thu 1st May 2014 at 11:41am

ofsted14A HARLOW pre-school based in the grounds of Little Parndon primary school has been put into special measures by Ofsted.

Kidz OK Limited is a pre-school for two, three and four year olds.

The report states:

1. Staff record insufficient detail of children’s accidents. This results in poorly informed risk assessments to maintain a safe learning environment.

2. Safeguarding policies and procedures permit staff to store and use their mobile phones in the same environment in which a small number of young children are cared for. Staff do not check the identification of visitors. This results in children’s well-being and safety being compromised.

3. Robust recruitment procedures are not adhered to by the manager. Proof of an appropriate childcare qualification is not sought for some members of staff, to verify their suitability to fulfil their role.

4. Monitoring of the quality of teaching is poor. There are no systems in place for the supervision of staff. This results in poor identification of training needs to promote good learning outcomes for children.

5. Staff do not maximise all opportunities for children to use their home language during play to support their all round language development.

6. Weak monitoring of the educational programmes results in ineffective planning of challenging experiences. Staff do not identify individual children on planning to extend their learning.

There are currently 88 children on roll in the early years age group. The pre-school provides funded early education for two-, three- and four-year-old children. The pre- school is open each weekday from 8.40am to 3.10pm, during school term time. Children come from the local area and attend a variety of the sessions. There are 17 members of staff who work with the children. Of these, 12 hold an appropriate early years qualification at level 3 and above, three hold a level 2 qualification and two are unqualified. The setting receives support from the local authority.

YH will be gauging reaction from a number of parties in due course.

You can read the full report here

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4 Comments for Kidz Ok..not really says Ofsted as Little Parndon pre-school plumb into special measures:

kidz_ok
2014-05-06 13:15:07

In reply to your article, I was surprised I wasnt contacted for you to hear my feedback before publishing.... please see below • Staff record insufficient detail of children’s accidents. This resulted in poorly informed risk assessment to maintain a safe learning environment. The inspector requested that we added a location box onto our accident sheets which was completed on 28th February 2014 • Safeguarding policies and procedures permit staff to store and use their mobile phones in the same environment in which a small number of young children are cared for. Staff do not check the identification of visitors. This results in children’s well-being and safety being compromised. We have made a complaint to Ofsted surrounding this part of the inspection. The ‘small number of children’ the inspector is referring to is only my baby and the ‘environment’ is our staff room. Phones have never been allowed anywhere else in the building. We have removed mobile phones from the staff room as requested by her, and they are stored in the office. With regard to the ID of visitors, we have again complained, the Inspector entered our building before we were open, she didn’t wait by the office as all visitors tend to, but walked right over to the other side of the lobby, she told June that she was an inspector and she was here because of a complaint that had been made (none of which was upheld) and June felt rather intimidated and as such forgot to ask the inspector to sign in our visitors book. Obviously this was a mistake, we now have set signing in procedures in place which now involves any visitors surrendering their mobile phones on entry. • Robust recruitment procedures are not adhered to by the manager. Proof of an appropriate childcare qualification is not sought for some members of staff to verify the suitability to fulfil their role. This was regarding two staff members, who I did not hold a copy of their childcare qualification for one of these was Kielly (who has now left) I had seen evidence at her interview, but I had not taken a copy of it. The other was Jenny our SENCo, June had seen a copy of this qualification when she worked with Jenny previously, but again we did not hold a copy on file. I now have copies of both Kielly’s and Jenny’s qualifications. • Monitoring of the quality of teaching is poor. There are no systems in place for the supervision of staff. This results in poor identification of training needs to promote good outcomes for children. We do hold regular supervisions with staff, however I did not have a written recording of them. I am now carrying out ½ termly supervisions of staff and 2 x observation of each staff member. • Staff do not maximize all opportunities for children to use their home language during play to support their all round language development. I have devised a new EAL sheet to give to our parents. We have asked parents with English as an additional language to provide us with some key words, which are now posted on the classroom walls and are being used with the children in the setting. • Weak monitoring of the education programmes results in ineffective planning of challenging experiences, staff do not identify individual children on planning to extend their learning. All staff are tracking the children on a termly basis, but until the end of the year it will be done 6 weekly. I then hold a master tracking sheet where I am able to see where the children are sitting given their starting points and other factors such as whether they have an SEN or and EAL. I am using these in the staff supervisions to ensure that children are being challenged appropriately. With regard to children being identified on the planning, we were advised by our development office that names shouldn’t be on there so we are trying to come up with the best strategies for keeping this identified for the staff members. We are working closely with her to do this. Most of the areas relate to paperwork not being in place, and this is probably due to the fact that I was on Maternity leave last year. I think that the changes that we have already implemented show that we are committed to making improvements. As a setting we are very upset that this has happened, and the report seems to make iniquitous statements that are completely out of context.

mandyb
2014-05-06 17:57:37

I have 100% confidence in Kidz Ok and my son is doing great with them. Obviously not checking ID of visitors is not good but the rest of this report is slanderous. Surely if there was paperwork not in the right place the school should be given a day or two to provide it before there name is dragged through the mud. Both my children have attended this school and I have every faith they are well cared for and safe whilst at pre-school. I couldn't be happier with my sons progress there so far. He's changed from a typical 2yr old boy with selective hearing to a kind, considerate, sharing, lovely little boy in less than a year and I believe most of his progress is due to the staff at Kids Ok who have the patients of a saint.

mrsfreeman8
2014-05-06 18:25:25

I am absolutely disgusted by this report, once again Ofsted have not a clue and drag a nursery through the mud. As a Nursery Nurse my self for many years I have always found it a joke that Ofsted can come into a setting and make judgements of how it's run in only a few days, I have never gone on a nursery's Ofsted report as I don't feel that many inspectors have the slightest idea of how things go in the daily running of a nursery. I have been though many Ofsted inspections where they have walked into my Classroom looked around and walked out not asking me a thing, then later in there report highlighting all the things that were wrong in the room , well if they had asked and not assumed then they would have been given an answer. I know of many places that are so called Oustanding that I would not send my child to so it's personal choice, my son has thrived since attending Kidz Ok and I could not praise them highly enough. For me I feel that a teacher or key worker spending time with and actually teaching my child is far more important than someone who sits at the back of the room doing observations or notes on him . Kidz Ok is a wonderful nursery

lisahudson
2014-05-07 07:29:13

My son started in january and i had to stay with him for 2 days and i sat there and watched what they do and how they do things. Absolutley brilliant the way they soeak to the children is fantastic, when they went outside had to make aure there was enough staff for the amount of children. Even down to the toilet side my child wanted me to go in with him the staff were strict and said no. Which in my eyes fantastic so made me feel happy that no one else was going in there. I had to take my child out of a nursery due to the way they did things. This one my son had speach problems and has come along way to get where he is now.thats all down to the nursery. I will back them 100% . Sounds like its more paperwork side dont put the nursery down due to this. THANKS TO ALL THE STAFF AT KIDZ OK

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