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Nursery rated 'inadequate' taken over by new owners

The 76-place Zig Zags Nursery, in Kenilworth Road, hit the headlines last summer after inspectors found children were at risk from dirty toys and plastic bags left within their reach.

Tiny Teddies owners Michelle and Paul Ingram
Tiny Teddies owners Michelle and Paul Ingram

A Balsall Common nursery, rated inadequate by Ofsted last year, has been taken over by a childcare company.

The 76-place Zig Zags Nursery, in Kenilworth Road, hit the headlines last summer after inspectors found children were at risk from dirty toys and plastic bags left within their reach.

Now the centre is being taken over by Tiny Teddies Day Nursery.

It already owns four other centres across Coventry and Warwickshire and has agreed to keep all 12 staff.

Michelle Ingram, who owns Tiny Teddies with her husband Paul, said: “We will retain the team of staff who already work at the centre. We’re sure our skills and experience will build on their success to date and help it continue to flourish in the future.

“Our existing team will work in partnership with the new team to integrate our Tiny Teddies policies and procedures to ensure all our nurseries are working to deliver the highest quality childcare and working environment for our staff. We will also be looking to further integrate the nursery within the community and look forward to establishing partnerships with businesses nearby.”

The new owners plan to rebrand the centre over the next few months.

Paul said: “It was a really amicable sale. We received a lot of positive reinforcement from the previous owner who helped to draft a joint letter sent out to notify the parents and families using the service.

“We believe Zig Zags is an excellent fit for our existing business and we are looking forward to hosting an official opening later this month.”

Tiny Teddies Day Nursery offers day care provision for babies and children aged up to 11, as well as providing school holiday clubs, crèche facilities and childcare vouchers.

 

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