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Balsall Common nursery is rated 'inadequate'

A nursery in Balsall Common has been condemned by Ofsted after dangerous plastic bags were left within the reach of young children

A nursery in Balsall Common has been condemned by Ofsted after dangerous plastic bags were left within the reach of young children.

Inspectors said the carrier bags posed a “risk of suffocation” to youngsters attending Zigzag Nursery, in Kenilworth Road, which received an “inadequate” rating from the regulator.

The watchdog also criticised the nursery’s use of dirty toys and that just a single hand towel was available to use by the 76 children that the premises was permitted to care for at one time.

Inspected in April, the site was probed on how well its early years provision meets the needs of children, the contribution of the provision to children’s well-being and the effectiveness of leadership.

All were given a level four, inadequate, rating, down from a level two, good, grade from a previous inspection.

The overall quality and standard of the nursery, which cares for children aged between six weeks to 11-years-old, also received an inadequate grade.

However, while the issues raised dragged the nursery’s rating down, some highlights were noted, including the provision of care for children with special needs.

The inspector wrote: “Some areas of practice are sound.

“Children with special educational needs and/or disabilities are made to feel special and valued by the nursery.

“Staff are warm and caring, and provide sensitive support to children and their families. Overall, children appear happy and keen to attend the nursery.”

 

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