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Leytonstone nursery ‘inadequate’ after safety risks spotted

Docklands Day Nursery was inspected in November and received an “inadequate” rating this week

By Victoria Munro

Docklands Day Nursery in Fairlop Road (credit: Google Streetview)

A Leytonstone nursery has been rated “inadequate” after an Ofsted inspector spotted a number of “risks to children’s safety”.

Inspector Nataliia Moroz visited Docklands Day Nursery in Fairlop Road, which cares for more than 40 children aged one to four years old, in November and published her damning report this week.

She described “risks to children’s safety”, including “damaged radiator covers”, babies sleeping “under an unsafe shelf with heavy toys on” and toddlers expected to use scissors “before they develop the necessary physical skills”.

Responding to the report, a spokesperson from the nursery said management and staff “are very disheartened” by their poor rating but have been working since November to improve.

The inspection report alleged that “children’s learning, safety and well-being are not prioritised” at the nursery but acknowledged that “staff are kind and build warm relationships with children”.

The report reads: “Babies spend long periods sitting at tables without any activity or engagement [and] staff working with toddlers do not think about what they need to have learned before they can move to the next step. 

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“For example, staff expect toddlers to use scissors before they develop the necessary physical skills to be able to do so. This limits the progress children can make in their physical development. 

“Staff do not know how to put babies and toddlers down to sleep safely in line with government guidance. In addition, they do not identify and eliminate hazards in the environment. This puts children’s health and safety at risk.

“During the inspection, risks to children’s safety were observed. These included damaged radiator covers, damaged sleeping mats, paint used with babies that was unsuitable for their age, sleeping babies located under an unsafe shelf with heavy toys on, building materials accessible to children in the garden, and children allowed to walk around while eating.”

Docklands Day Nursery was last inspected in 2019 and given Ofsted’s second highest rating of “good”.

The nursery’s spokesperson added: “We are doing everything we can to prepare for reinspection and we hope to have a better outcome in our next inspection.

“In order for us to make rapid progress and to the path of improvement, we have continued to address the areas of improvement within our team. 

“We are pleased to say that our current team of staff are working exceptionally hard to further improve the outcomes for the children in our care.”

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