Nursery on the up after three visits

Safehands Green Start Nursery, at Blackpool Football Club, South Shore
Safehands Green Start Nursery, at Blackpool Football Club, South Shore
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A nursery at Blackpool Football Club has turned things around dramatically after being slammed by inspectors who visited its premises three times in just one year.

Safehands Green Start Nursery was visited by Ofsted inspectors in September and found to be ‘satisfactory’ and a further inspection found its performance to have dropped to ‘inadequate’.

Now it has been given a ‘good’ rating and bosses are investing around £75,000 in refurbishing facilities, set to be unveiled later this month.

Manager Kate Martin said: “The inadequate rating was a shock to the system. But we made some changes to management and had a good look at our practices. We decided while we were on a journey of improvement we’d do a refurbishment too.

“So we’ve had a lot of change and this good rating just tops it off.”

The nursery was first visited by Ofsted inspectors in September 2013 and told it was only satisfactory, having been found to be “performing less well than expectations” across the board.

The 92-place nursery, located in the stadium, off Seasiders Way, was visited again in March but was rated lower, as inadequate, after actions set for it by inspectors were not met.

Inspectors found risk assessments were “not successful in identifying potential hazards to children”, and staff did not have “appropriate knowledge and a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities”. But the nursery was told its “prompt and effective action” meant its welfare requirements notice, ordering that risk assessments and staff training are thorough, was satisfied just weeks later.

Now it has gone from strength to strength, being rated good after an inspection in August.

It was told “staff use effective teaching” so “children make good progress”, “staff are supervised well”, and safeguarding is “good”.

Ms Martin added: “We’ve got a real drive now and there’s a real buzz about the nursery, we’re feeling positive.”