Banstead nursery fails Ofsted inspection for not properly vetting staff

Nursery fails Ofsted inspection for not properly vetting staff

Nursery fails Ofsted inspection for not properly vetting staff

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A nursery has failed an Ofsted inspection for not properly vetting its staff which left young children at significant risk.

The Beeches Montessori Nursery School in Osier Way, Banstead, was rated as "inadequate" in an inspection report published this month.

Ofsted found that the nursery had failed to carry out Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks - the replacement for Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) checks.

In the report, Inspector Jacqueline Carolan concluded: "The provider does not have secure knowledge and understanding of the safeguarding and welfare requirements.

"Vetting procedures are not robust to determine the suitability of all staff. Consequently, children are not safeguarded."

Ms Carolan said checks had not been obtained for some staff working with the children. She said: "This puts children's welfare at significant risk."

But she said staff understood child protection matters and welfare procedures, adding: "This helps to protect children from harm."

The nursery currently has 50 children aged two, three and four years.

But in a statement the nursery hit back saying: "The report gives the impression that the nursery employed two new members of staff with no knowledge of their background, when in fact both are teachers with many years of teaching experience being vetted many times one of whom undertook their teacher training with us.

"Both teachers had a disclosure in place but they were outdated. It was an unfortunate administrative oversight which was corrected immediately.

"We have the full support of our parents and will continue to provide an excellent education, guidance, care and quality experiences for the children in our care.

"We are looking forward to next inspection within the next few months but we do hope it will sooner. We fully understand that Ofsted has a job to do."

During her visit in June, the inspector found most children were happily engaged in activities but some children were overlooked and not encouraged to get involved.

Not all staff had access to supervision and professional development and children were not always helped to become more independent.

But the report, published on July 16, said: "Children are happy and settled. They generally develop sound relationships with staff who are nurturing and sensitive to their care needs."

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1:30pm Thu 31 Jul 14

jswan1 says...

Disgraceful. If one of my children was going here I would be pulling them out immediately. Whatever the nursery has to say about it, you cannot overlook what Ofsted have reported.
Disgraceful. If one of my children was going here I would be pulling them out immediately. Whatever the nursery has to say about it, you cannot overlook what Ofsted have reported. jswan1
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6:21pm Thu 31 Jul 14

star26 says...

disgusting ofsted are there for a reason and people need to take note of what they have said if one of my children was attending that nursery id be definitely pulling them out, and there excuse administration error what a joke!!
disgusting ofsted are there for a reason and people need to take note of what they have said if one of my children was attending that nursery id be definitely pulling them out, and there excuse administration error what a joke!! star26
  • Score: 3

12:57pm Tue 5 Aug 14

AnnRise says...

That’s an unforgivable carelessness. I mean, wake up! Those are little kids, only responsible people should go for that kind of job. If these nursery workers were not enjoying what they were doing wasn't it better to change their occupation? You can’t take care of kids if you’re not cut out for that. I’d recommend it’s staff to write an application at ResumeWritingLab website and find a new suitable workplace. This whole situation wouldn't have been so critical if they did it a while ago. I hope these guys will learn the lesson now.
That’s an unforgivable carelessness. I mean, wake up! Those are little kids, only responsible people should go for that kind of job. If these nursery workers were not enjoying what they were doing wasn't it better to change their occupation? You can’t take care of kids if you’re not cut out for that. I’d recommend it’s staff to write an application at ResumeWritingLab website and find a new suitable workplace. This whole situation wouldn't have been so critical if they did it a while ago. I hope these guys will learn the lesson now. AnnRise
  • Score: -2

6:19pm Sat 9 Aug 14

mumalwaysonthego says...

I have 2 children going there and it is the best nursery they have been to! In my view, they deserve "outstanding"! people should get their facts right: These 2 staff HAD a CRB check; but one was apparently too old according to OFSTED, the other was with another school, and had not been done with the Beeches yet as staff moved recently, but the staff HAD one! This is just an administration overlook, no need to panic! This is a typical example how Ofsted and this article can ruin the reputation of a place that is very caring, experienced, happy and feel my children are very safe in their hands. I am a teacher myself and am fed up of the Ofsted reports... people think they are the holly grail! Please, take them with a pinch of salt, as this article! I would invite you to read the parents testimonials on their website... they say much more information about this wonderful nursery than this article! Anyway, I am confidante the Beeches will get "outstanding" when they will get their next inspection, soon!
I have 2 children going there and it is the best nursery they have been to! In my view, they deserve "outstanding"! people should get their facts right: These 2 staff HAD a CRB check; but one was apparently too old according to OFSTED, the other was with another school, and had not been done with the Beeches yet as staff moved recently, but the staff HAD one! This is just an administration overlook, no need to panic! This is a typical example how Ofsted and this article can ruin the reputation of a place that is very caring, experienced, happy and feel my children are very safe in their hands. I am a teacher myself and am fed up of the Ofsted reports... people think they are the holly grail! Please, take them with a pinch of salt, as this article! I would invite you to read the parents testimonials on their website... they say much more information about this wonderful nursery than this article! Anyway, I am confidante the Beeches will get "outstanding" when they will get their next inspection, soon! mumalwaysonthego
  • Score: 1

4:32pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Yummymummy467 says...

My little girl attends this nursery and she has never been happier neither have i myself all the staff are brillant and have a great duty of care to the children! i have had to take her out of other nursery settings which i for one see as ineducate the beeches should have an outstanding why haven't other nurseries been pulled up on mistakes they have made? which i can gurantee you all are alot worse then this and i am disgusted to see they have an outstanding hence why i removed my child from these appaling settings and brang her in to the safe hands of the beeches. it's not like these members of staff have never had a crb check! one of them trained at the nursery and recently has returned. i think this article is wrong and damaging to a lovely nursery that puts the children first are very supportive to us parents more so then any other place. ofsted come once a while to make a unfair judgement but fail to actually listen to how happy the parents are and children, people go on like they are gods. I agree with "mumonthego" please take your time to go and read testominials on the website as im sure you have some if you can read this and make negative comments i am positive an outstanding report will be heading their way soon
My little girl attends this nursery and she has never been happier neither have i myself all the staff are brillant and have a great duty of care to the children! i have had to take her out of other nursery settings which i for one see as ineducate the beeches should have an outstanding why haven't other nurseries been pulled up on mistakes they have made? which i can gurantee you all are alot worse then this and i am disgusted to see they have an outstanding hence why i removed my child from these appaling settings and brang her in to the safe hands of the beeches. it's not like these members of staff have never had a crb check! one of them trained at the nursery and recently has returned. i think this article is wrong and damaging to a lovely nursery that puts the children first are very supportive to us parents more so then any other place. ofsted come once a while to make a unfair judgement but fail to actually listen to how happy the parents are and children, people go on like they are gods. I agree with "mumonthego" please take your time to go and read testominials on the website as im sure you have some if you can read this and make negative comments i am positive an outstanding report will be heading their way soon Yummymummy467
  • Score: 0

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