'Unsafe' Treehouse Kindergarten, in Grove Hall, Nightingale Lane, Wanstead, closes after damning Ofsted report

A firm which operates three nurseries in Wanstead has closed one branch following a damning Ofsted report which said children's safety was being put at risk due to poor management.

Treehouse Kindergarten, in Grove Hall, Nightingale Lane, was criticised for a series of breaches, including failing to properly secure its premises - which in one case led to a child wandering off.

Ofsted said staff there had failed to ensure that youngsters were properly supervised, that risk assessment was weak, and that teaching was "ineffective".

Inspector Sue Mann said: "the provider does not understand how to keep children safe or her responsibilities for ensuring that the manager and staff are adequately deployed to supervise all children.

"These are breaches of legal requirements and put the children's safety and welfare at risk."

It is believed that the kindergarten closed in the last few weeks, but the Ofsted report has only just been published.

It had been operated by Treehouse Nursery Schools Limited, which also runs nurseries in Woodbine Place and at the Methodist church in Cambridge Park.

Prior to the kindergarten's closure, the company employed more than 100 people, making it one of the biggest employers in Wanstead.

The most recent Ofsted report for its nursery in Woodbine Place, published earlier this year, rated it good and said all safety requirements were being met.

A woman identifying herself as the owner of the firm, who refused to give her name, said the kindergarten branch had closed due to financial difficulties.

She told the Guardian: "I closed it because I lost a lot of money. It had nothing to do with the Ofsted report".

She then said she had not seen the Ofsted report and declined to comment further.

The kindergarten cared for around 30 children of pre-school age, and was first registered in 2010.

The report praised its policy of letting children choose their own snacks and drinks, but was otherwise widely critical.

The kindergarten was issued with a Welfare Requirements Notice to improve following the inspection, which took place in May.

It was rated good in its previous Ofsted report in 2011.

Treehouse Nursery Schools Limited said in a statement: “Following the Ofsted report and the financial loss as a result the company decided to close the Kindergarten two months ago”.

 

 

 

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10:19am Mon 9 Sep 13

flemmingo says...

The owner who refused to give her name is most likely Maria Rosa Sanchez (companies house).

My experience is as follows.

Many parents I have spoken to concerned about the management of this company and are moving, or have moved their children.

The staff often seem frustrated and often don't know what is going on. Changes in staff are quite regular, and this was rarely properly communicated.

Maria acknowledged to me in person that they were moving the Kindergarten to new premises, with new staff and a new manager because "This time it will be run properly".

Maria made no indication that there were financial problems, and seemed keen to run the Kindergarten in the new building, giving tours to parents and telling everyone how good it was going to be. 2-3 weeks after the children moved to the new building, a letter was handed to parents saying that the Kindergarten was closing in the following weeks.

The lack of acknowledgement of problems as shown in this article is typical of their style. I wouldn't trust this company with my children again.
The owner who refused to give her name is most likely Maria Rosa Sanchez (companies house). My experience is as follows. Many parents I have spoken to concerned about the management of this company and are moving, or have moved their children. The staff often seem frustrated and often don't know what is going on. Changes in staff are quite regular, and this was rarely properly communicated. Maria acknowledged to me in person that they were moving the Kindergarten to new premises, with new staff and a new manager because "This time it will be run properly". Maria made no indication that there were financial problems, and seemed keen to run the Kindergarten in the new building, giving tours to parents and telling everyone how good it was going to be. 2-3 weeks after the children moved to the new building, a letter was handed to parents saying that the Kindergarten was closing in the following weeks. The lack of acknowledgement of problems as shown in this article is typical of their style. I wouldn't trust this company with my children again. flemmingo

5:43pm Fri 20 Sep 13

Fenix2013 says...

Hi Flemmingo,

I absolutely agree with you.
We had a miserable experience with this nursery and our kid paid the consequences. The manager consistently lied to us and other parents about the opening date, the premises where our kids would be, the number of kids...

Now talking with other mums we've find out terrible stories about the manager's behaviour and how they understand the childcare. It is just a business for them, so they only care about the money, but not about the children. They pretend very well in front of the parents with shiny premises but there's a very dark side behind the appearance.

I totally agree with Flemmingo, I wouldn't trust this company with my children either
Hi Flemmingo, I absolutely agree with you. We had a miserable experience with this nursery and our kid paid the consequences. The manager consistently lied to us and other parents about the opening date, the premises where our kids would be, the number of kids... Now talking with other mums we've find out terrible stories about the manager's behaviour and how they understand the childcare. It is just a business for them, so they only care about the money, but not about the children. They pretend very well in front of the parents with shiny premises but there's a very dark side behind the appearance. I totally agree with Flemmingo, I wouldn't trust this company with my children either Fenix2013

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