Nursery has plans to improve

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STAFF at Playsteps Day Nursery are reassuring parents they will work to improve after Ofsted rated them inadequate.

The nursery, in Church Place, Swindon, cares for 137 children aged between three months and five, and has been open since 2006.

Inspector Jan Harvey said statutory requirements had not been met and children were not well enough supported.

“Staff are not assessing and monitoring children’s progress sufficiently across all areas of learning,” she said. “As a result, children do not all reach their potential.

“The caring and compassionate staff cater for the children’s care needs and try to put in targets to support learning. “However, without appropriate levels of support, opportunities to actively help all children reach their full potential are missed.

“Outcomes for children are inadequate. Poor deployment of staff prevents children from making secure emotional attachments. “Some children are left to wander, sometimes with little adult involvement.

“Children receive good support when it is time for them to move into the next age group room or as they prepare to move on to school. This helps children feel secure.

“The nursery was found to be in breach of a number of legal requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage. “Staff cannot demonstrate a sufficient understanding of the learning and development requirements.”

But nursery manager Jo Morris says she is determined to turn things around.

“We are having a meeting on Thursday for anyone who wants to discuss the report,” she said. “We will be giving parents copies of our development plan to explain what we are working on.”

The nursery took issue with the initial report and the fact Ofsted published the final draft before sending them a copy.

“There were some factual inaccuracies which we had to take them up on,” said Jan. “The message we would give to all parents is although we are devastated we are determined to turn things around. “What really has come through is the care here is not in question, it is the education. “It is not a safeguarding issue.

“We are taking this as an opportunity to look at every aspect of the nursery for improvement.”

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8:26am Tue 3 Jun 14

snowphi says...

My daughter goes to Playsteps. Where she has a great relationship with staff and children. She has developed excellently in all areas. Last night I read the offsted report which is contradictory and in no way represents the nursery. On the day the offstead lady visited she seemed more concerned about the fact the nursery wouldn't let her in without verifying her identity than parental experience and opinion. I have no concerns about playsteps nursery. I do however worry that my daughters education will be hampered by offstead who appear to contract out inspections to box ticking idiots with no idea what they are doing.
My daughter goes to Playsteps. Where she has a great relationship with staff and children. She has developed excellently in all areas. Last night I read the offsted report which is contradictory and in no way represents the nursery. On the day the offstead lady visited she seemed more concerned about the fact the nursery wouldn't let her in without verifying her identity than parental experience and opinion. I have no concerns about playsteps nursery. I do however worry that my daughters education will be hampered by offstead who appear to contract out inspections to box ticking idiots with no idea what they are doing. snowphi
  • Score: 20

7:27pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Stacymay says...

My daughter also attends Playsteps in fact all three of my children have been to Playsteps over the last 6 years and I feel they have all progressed really well there. I feel really bad that the nursery has been put into such a bad light as it is a brilliant nursery. The nursery manager Jo really helped us with our eldest son and his speech, they recognised he was slightly behind and fought to get him speech therapy appointments (his speech was down to his ear problems) I hope this does not put anyone off attending Playsteps.
My daughter also attends Playsteps in fact all three of my children have been to Playsteps over the last 6 years and I feel they have all progressed really well there. I feel really bad that the nursery has been put into such a bad light as it is a brilliant nursery. The nursery manager Jo really helped us with our eldest son and his speech, they recognised he was slightly behind and fought to get him speech therapy appointments (his speech was down to his ear problems) I hope this does not put anyone off attending Playsteps. Stacymay
  • Score: 13

6:50pm Fri 27 Jun 14

BekkiO says...

Firstly let me say that I understand that Ofsted have a job to do . I also recognise that in order to ensure an establishment meets a minimum standard that there have to be some checks and balances, my concern here is what are nurseries being judged on, if somewhere as amazing as Playsteps - that has nurtured and supported both my children from infants through to pre-school - can be judged to be under-performing. Quite frankly,I can only assume that they must be judging them on the wrong things!

Both my children attended Playsteps nursery from the age of 6 months until they went to school ( my eldest is 9 and my youngest is 5.) I chose the nursery not based on inspection reports and or league tables but because from the minute I walked in I recognised a loving caring and supportive environment in which to leave my children whilst I went to work.

Having said that, due to the wonderful work of the pre-school team ( Hippos) both my children entered school ahead of their peers in nearly every area.

I also think that inspectors would do well to remember that full time care is very different to popping to a school nursery setting for 2.5 hours a day. Going to nursery wasn't just about my kids hitting of milestones and having them recorded. I completely relied on the wonderful staff at Playsteps to do all the things that as a full time working parent I was unable to do - from teaching my babies to walk to teaching them to count - they could even count in Spanish by the time they left !

The amazing team at Playsteps exceeded all my expectations is every way. I dropped my children off nearly every day for period of 8 years between them and the staff became like family, a home away from home and for someone without family in Swindon this was priceless.

Personally, I feel cross at this report on behalf of all the dedicated staff who work so hard to make it such a great place for small people to thrive but know that Jo and her team will rise to this challenge in the most positive of ways. Playsteps you rock ! x
Firstly let me say that I understand that Ofsted have a job to do . I also recognise that in order to ensure an establishment meets a minimum standard that there have to be some checks and balances, my concern here is what are nurseries being judged on, if somewhere as amazing as Playsteps - that has nurtured and supported both my children from infants through to pre-school - can be judged to be under-performing. Quite frankly,I can only assume that they must be judging them on the wrong things! Both my children attended Playsteps nursery from the age of 6 months until they went to school ( my eldest is 9 and my youngest is 5.) I chose the nursery not based on inspection reports and or league tables but because from the minute I walked in I recognised a loving caring and supportive environment in which to leave my children whilst I went to work. Having said that, due to the wonderful work of the pre-school team ( Hippos) both my children entered school ahead of their peers in nearly every area. I also think that inspectors would do well to remember that full time care is very different to popping to a school nursery setting for 2.5 hours a day. Going to nursery wasn't just about my kids hitting of milestones and having them recorded. I completely relied on the wonderful staff at Playsteps to do all the things that as a full time working parent I was unable to do - from teaching my babies to walk to teaching them to count - they could even count in Spanish by the time they left ! The amazing team at Playsteps exceeded all my expectations is every way. I dropped my children off nearly every day for period of 8 years between them and the staff became like family, a home away from home and for someone without family in Swindon this was priceless. Personally, I feel cross at this report on behalf of all the dedicated staff who work so hard to make it such a great place for small people to thrive but know that Jo and her team will rise to this challenge in the most positive of ways. Playsteps you rock ! x BekkiO
  • Score: 8

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