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Leytonstone nursery rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted

Ofsted claimed children at Kids R Us are “not protected from dangers” after a four-hour inspection last month

Kids R Us nursery in Leytonstone (credit: Google Streetview)

A nursery in Leytonstone has been deemed “inadequate” by Ofsted after an inspection last month.

Ofsted claimed children at Kids R Us nursery in the High Road are “not protected from dangers” and “receive a weak curriculum in an environment that is disorganised and unclean”.

However, director John Tuerena insisted the inspection on 4th April, conducted over four hours while the manager was on holiday, is “definitely not a true representation” of the nursery.

Prior to the current inadequate rating, the nursery was repeatedly rated “good” for over a decade.

In her report, Ofsted inspector Anne-Marie Giffts-Walker wrote: “The provider has not made the premises safe and staff do not supervise children effectively as they play and learn. For instance, children play on a faulty trampoline and hazardous cleaning materials are in easy reach of children.

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“Staff do not have the skills and knowledge to teach children the importance of respecting each other. For instance, children run around screaming inside the nursery with instruments in their hands and staff do not help them to understand that this can cause injuries to themselves and their friends.

“The manager does not ensure that all children receive high-quality, stimulating learning experiences.”

However, she praised the way the nursery supports children with special needs, noting it “makes timely referrals to relevant services” and spends funding on “resources for the sensory room”. 

When contacted by the Echo for comment, nursery director John said many issues mentioned in the report “do not reflect the setting at all”.

He added: “On the day, she judged on what she observed but it was a four hour period when staff were stressed due to somebody judging them.

“We have had a follow-up monitoring visit and everything [requested by Ofsted] has been met so I’m looking forward to the next inspection.”

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