Octopus Daycare centre given poor Ofsted rating
has rated a Burnham-On-Sea day care centre as 'inadequate' in a
new report that has also praised some of its strengths.
Daycare, based on the site of Burnham Infants School in Winchester
Road, has been given the low rating by inspectors in a report just
report outlines how some practices compromised children's safety.
Elaine Douglas, writes: "Weaknesses in leadership and management
compromise children's safety and welfare."
manager does not take all reasonable steps to safeguard children.
She has not responded appropriately to signs that children may be
at risk of harm."
about potential safeguarding issues is not shared with staff working
with the children to ensure that they are alert to any further concerns.
There are inconsistencies in how staff support childrens learning
in some areas."
despite the points, the report also highlights several of the daycare's
Douglas adds: "Staff use all opportunities to help children
of all ages to become independent. For example, young children help
to clean the tables and learn to pour their drinks. Older children
prepare their snack, wash up afterwards and sweep the floor."
children make good progress in their learning. Staff seek good information
from parents and other providers on children's starting points.
make good, regular observations of their achievements to plan challenging
experiences that motivate children to learn."
management team monitors children's development successfully and
takes effective action to narrow any gaps in learning."
at the centre say they are disappointed with the rating, but expect
to see a vast improvement soon. The manager says: "We were
very disappointed with the result. It was over a file that was not
recorded correctly. We've been back over it with Ofsted and the
inspector is happy with the progress we are making. We have spoken
closely with the early-years advisors, and we have updated our training."