Nursery shuts amid child ‘risk’ concerns

Basildon Recorder: Nursery shuts amid child ‘risk’ concerns Nursery shuts amid child ‘risk’ concerns

A NURSERY has closed while an investigation takes place into possible risks to children.

Jump Ahead Pre-School, based at the 4th Billericay Scouts’ hut, in Laindon Road, Billericay, has had its registration suspended until June 3.

Ofsted officials are now probing the nursery.

The Echo understands the management changed last year and the inquiry involves staff checks.

A notice on the door of the hut reads: “The purpose of a suspension is to allow time to investigate our belief that a child may be exposed to a risk of harmand for any necessary steps to be taken to eliminate or reduce the risk of harm.

“We will regularly review the situation and will stop the suspension within this period if we believe the children are no longer at risk.”

The nursery cares for 45 children and has 11 members of staff, seven of whom have early years qualifications at level three.

Parents were notified by nursery managers before the closure on Tuesday.

Amum, who asked not to be named, said: “I was really surprised, as we were happy with Jump Ahead. We will have to wait and see what the investigation says.

“It is a really good nursery, so we are not sure what it’s about.”

Another mum added: “All they said was it was nothing to do with how it is run or any of the staff.

“Our main concern is finding somewhere for our children in the meantime.

Richard Clark, chairman of 4th Billericay Scouts, said: “We have exchanged a few emails with the managers as we were concerned with what was going on.

“It appears to be a paperwork issue.

“We have been assured that nothing has been done wrong.

They have to make sure everything there is fit and proper.

“The Scout club is open as usual and we are being supportive to Jump Ahead, as they work well with us.”

The pre-school was graded “outstanding” by Ofsted inspectors in 2009.

Its latest inspection this year rated it as “good” and inspectors praised the “sensitive teaching”.

An Ofsted spokesperson said: “I can confirm Ofsted has suspended the registration of this early-years provision while we investigate concerns.

“This will be reviewed regularly.”

An Essex County Council spokesperson said: “We are aware of the situation and are working with Ofsted while they carry out their investigations and will assist where necessary.”

The Echo tried to contact the nursery for comment, but it did not respond.

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7:58pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Says it all, no smoke without fire, hope they name the staff, working in there.
Says it all, no smoke without fire, hope they name the staff, working in there. Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: -4

10:06pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Devils Advocate says...

Let's hope that, if you are ever pulled up on suspicion of something, that people will not be as judgmental as you seem to be. In fact, with your Camoron trying to clip the wings of the lower classes having a fair and full hearing in court, perhaps you are his buddy? Love this "No smoke without fire" bit. And of course, you are even technically wrong about that as well!
Let's hope that, if you are ever pulled up on suspicion of something, that people will not be as judgmental as you seem to be. In fact, with your Camoron trying to clip the wings of the lower classes having a fair and full hearing in court, perhaps you are his buddy? Love this "No smoke without fire" bit. And of course, you are even technically wrong about that as well! Devils Advocate
  • Score: 1

3:33pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Says it all, no smoke without fire, hope they name the staff, working in there.
Idiot. It says it's a paperwork issue.

You have people tarred and feathered without a jury or a conviction. I know the feeling. Been on the receiving end.

More likely to do with somebody using politically incorrect terminology on a report sheet. It'll be some faceless twit somewhere took umbrage or "offence" as usual, at something most of us wouldn't even notice.

To shut the place down till June on a "paperwork issue" seems a bit over the top.

I don't trust inspection bodies anyway; they are usually full of box ticking do gooders with nothing better to do than note down things like missing curtain rings. They usually overlook real problems.

Look at the place in Rayleigh that got a bad OFSTED for not being "multicultural" enough.

Pathetic.
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Says it all, no smoke without fire, hope they name the staff, working in there.[/p][/quote]Idiot. It says it's a paperwork issue. You have people tarred and feathered without a jury or a conviction. I know the feeling. Been on the receiving end. More likely to do with somebody using politically incorrect terminology on a report sheet. It'll be some faceless twit somewhere took umbrage or "offence" as usual, at something most of us wouldn't even notice. To shut the place down till June on a "paperwork issue" seems a bit over the top. I don't trust inspection bodies anyway; they are usually full of box ticking do gooders with nothing better to do than note down things like missing curtain rings. They usually overlook real problems. Look at the place in Rayleigh that got a bad OFSTED for not being "multicultural" enough. Pathetic. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 1

7:17am Mon 28 Apr 14

sesibollox says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Says it all, no smoke without fire, hope they name the staff, working in there.
How true, in these current times, it makes you wonder why some people crave to work in such establishments, hiding behind the facade of Minnie Mouse, to be working with children. Needs a thorough investigation me thinks.
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Says it all, no smoke without fire, hope they name the staff, working in there.[/p][/quote]How true, in these current times, it makes you wonder why some people crave to work in such establishments, hiding behind the facade of Minnie Mouse, to be working with children. Needs a thorough investigation me thinks. sesibollox
  • Score: 3

7:36am Mon 28 Apr 14

CarnMountification says...

Like the abuse dished out by the little Hitlers, who work in elderly care homes, nurseries where smiling abusers ,love to work...
Like the abuse dished out by the little Hitlers, who work in elderly care homes, nurseries where smiling abusers ,love to work... CarnMountification
  • Score: 1

7:49am Mon 28 Apr 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Says it all, no smoke without fire, hope they name the staff, working in there.
Idiot. It says it's a paperwork issue.

You have people tarred and feathered without a jury or a conviction. I know the feeling. Been on the receiving end.

More likely to do with somebody using politically incorrect terminology on a report sheet. It'll be some faceless twit somewhere took umbrage or "offence" as usual, at something most of us wouldn't even notice.

To shut the place down till June on a "paperwork issue" seems a bit over the top.

I don't trust inspection bodies anyway; they are usually full of box ticking do gooders with nothing better to do than note down things like missing curtain rings. They usually overlook real problems.

Look at the place in Rayleigh that got a bad OFSTED for not being "multicultural" enough.

Pathetic.
You offer a lot o defence, without knowing the facts, what's your reasoning???
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Says it all, no smoke without fire, hope they name the staff, working in there.[/p][/quote]Idiot. It says it's a paperwork issue. You have people tarred and feathered without a jury or a conviction. I know the feeling. Been on the receiving end. More likely to do with somebody using politically incorrect terminology on a report sheet. It'll be some faceless twit somewhere took umbrage or "offence" as usual, at something most of us wouldn't even notice. To shut the place down till June on a "paperwork issue" seems a bit over the top. I don't trust inspection bodies anyway; they are usually full of box ticking do gooders with nothing better to do than note down things like missing curtain rings. They usually overlook real problems. Look at the place in Rayleigh that got a bad OFSTED for not being "multicultural" enough. Pathetic.[/p][/quote]You offer a lot o defence, without knowing the facts, what's your reasoning??? Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: -1

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