Nursery fights for its good name after Ofsted shock

October 04 2018
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SISTERS who run a Fishponds day nursery have made an official complaint over a shock Ofsted report which changed their rating from outstanding to inadequate.

Meryl Malyckyj and Lynne Slater say they will fight to restore their reputation after Fledglings Day Nursery was given the lowest possible rating by the watchdog in a report published in September.

The nursery, which can accommodate up to 59 children aged between two and five, had previously been given the highest rating.

The inspectors criticised procedures for child protection and welfare, teaching and even the suitability of the building, saying it was “too hot” on the day of their visit in early August. The inspection, which followed a complaint made to Ofsted in July, concluded that the nursery was inadequate in all areas.

 The report said: “The manager has an unrealistic view of the nursery's overall effectiveness and does not recognise the weaknesses. The quality of the provision has deteriorated significantly since the previous inspection.”

 Ofsted issued nine recommendations for improvements to areas including management, safeguarding, accident records and teaching quality.

Meryl and Lynne said: “We do not accept the findings of the inspection. We have lodged a complaint about the report and, in particular, are deeply unhappy about the behaviour of the lead inspector during the inspection and the whole process, which has been immensely stressful for everyone working at the nursery.

“Since the publication of the report our parents have been wonderfully supportive, and we have been overwhelmed by lovely messages backing us to the hilt in the last two weeks. Most have expressed the view that the report does not reflect their knowledge and experience of Fledglings and we owe it them to fight as hard as we can to restore our reputation.

“We have had the same management team in place for 31 years. 

"We have cared for thousands of children during that time: to suggest that our provision is an unsafe place for children or that they are at risk is simply not true, and we emphatically refute the suggestion in the report that this is the case.

 “Anyone is welcome to visit the nursery to see how safe and happy the children are.”