Valley Hill Nursery, Pre-School and Kid's club in Loughton has been heavily criticised by Ofsted officials in an inspection report released this week

Children's centre slated by inspectors

Children's centre slated by inspectors

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Children's centre staff have been slated by inspectors in the lastest round of Ofsted checks just months after opening.

Valley Hill Nursery, Pre-School and Kid's Club in Loughton was described as ‘inadequate’ by the education watchdog as it slid into the lowest grade in the assessment chart this week.

The latest report revealed that the business, which is housed in The Football Academy in Langston Road, is not meeting national safeguarding standards.

Lisa Paisley, lead inspector, said: “Staff have a poor understanding of how to manage children's behaviour appropriately and safely, and children's and staff attendance records are not accurate.

“Activity plans and assessment of children's learning is weak, as staff lack sufficient knowledge to assess children's learning and development. This means children's progress is inadequate.”

The inspector found that a member of staff with a current paediatric first aid certificate was not on site every day.

Subsequently, a Welfare Requirements Notice has been issued.

Staff were identified as caring for the children and offering them a diverse range of snacks and food, but were further criticised over the state of the kitchen which has plaster falling from the walls and “haphazard” storage.

The centre which opened in summer 2013 and cares for children between birth and the age of 17 has been ordered to make improvements.

A complaints record must be installed as well as an appointed first aider, a behaviour management programme must be implemented and a daily record of children being cared for on the premises.

The Guardian has attempted to contact manager Keiley Pedro for comment.

 

 

 

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10:54pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Patrick_A says...

The Ofted report is pure poppycock and fiction.
My grandchildren have been attending Valley Hill since it started, and I can say that they enjoy every minute they spend their.

The Staff including the manager Keiley Pedro are professional caring and attentive to the children's needs.

I have on occasion had to pick up my grand children and was present on their open day and viewed the kitchen. Which was spotless and unless I am going blind found no evidence of plaster hanging from the ceiling.

If I may suggest the LEAD INSPECTOR needs to go to spec savers and get a decent pair of glasses.
The Ofted report is pure poppycock and fiction. My grandchildren have been attending Valley Hill since it started, and I can say that they enjoy every minute they spend their. The Staff including the manager Keiley Pedro are professional caring and attentive to the children's needs. I have on occasion had to pick up my grand children and was present on their open day and viewed the kitchen. Which was spotless and unless I am going blind found no evidence of plaster hanging from the ceiling. If I may suggest the LEAD INSPECTOR needs to go to spec savers and get a decent pair of glasses. Patrick_A
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