Nursery ‘to improve’

West Park Kindergarten on West Park Drive, Stanley Park Blackpool.
West Park Kindergarten on West Park Drive, Stanley Park Blackpool.
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Nursery bosses have hit back after inspectors said their kindergartens must improve.

West Park Kindergarten, by Stanley Park, was visited by Ofsted inspectors along with its sister nursery, Chelsea Kindergarten, in Layton, last month.

Bosses have been told each of them “require improvement”.

Both premises had each been previously rated “good”.

West Park has been told “risk assessments do not fully recognise potential hazards” in an outdoor area and “teaching is inconsistent”.

However, the report stressed: “The provider and staff team have a sound knowledge of safeguarding and 
robust systems are in place.”

And nursery manager Debbie Easter has hit out at the ratings.

She said: “The report has said we require improvement in the way that children are challenged educationally.

“Inspectors have said they are satisfied with our safeguarding practice, which we knew to be robust and they have agreed it is.

“We were inspected at both nurseries on the same day, it was very stressful as an inspection always is, but we knew our safeguarding procedures and policies were all as they should be and this is shown in the reports.”

West Park Kindgergarten was temporarily shut down in April during investigations surrounding the death of Layton toddler Kacey Hambleton.

She died aged two earlier that month and a 23-year-old man has been charged with murder.

The toddler, of Granby Avenue, had attended the nursery for two mornings a week for around 18 months.

The kindergarten, on West Park Drive, was ordered to close while Ofsted bosses checked its safeguarding procedures. It was re-opened fully around two weeks later. There is no suggestion whatsoever of any connection between the nursery and Kacey’s death.

The chain has now challenged the latest Ofsted reports, querying why a report published on West Park Kindergarten, rating it “good”, just days before the temporary closure in April was then retracted.