Ofsted suspends Clenchwarton Pre School

Clenchwarton Memorial Hall

Clenchwarton Memorial Hall

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A West Norfolk pre-school has been suspended by Ofsted while an investigation into its operations is carried out.

Clenchwarton Pre School, which operates from the Memorial Hall, Blackhorse Road, is currently closed.

Inspectors visited the site last month and found that the nursery was not meeting the standards and quality of early years provision.

A report compiled after that visit highlights concerns with safeguarding and staff performance.

An Ofsted spokesman yesterday said: “We can confirm we have suspended the registration of this early years setting to allow time for an investigation to be carried out.

“It would be inappropriate to comment further while this is ongoing.”

The nursery offers 30 places for youngsters aged up to five and has a total of 65 children on its roll.

Inspector Caroline Clark visited the pre school, which was registered in 1968, on December 1.

The report said no children were present during the inspection “due to unforeseen circumstances”.

The inspector said: “The provider has not ensured that there are effective systems for the supervision and performance management of staff.

“As a result staff performance is not monitored regularly, there is no system to tackle under performance and no oversight of the quality of teaching.

“Safeguarding is not effective. Staff do not understand local area procedures so that they can refer concerns about staff or children correctly and swiftly, the designated safeguarding officer did not fulfil this role to promote the safety of children who are at a potential risk of harm.”

The report also described induction training is inadequate and that new staff members have not had their roles and responsibilities clearly explained.

But the inspector said staff had demonstrated appropriate understanding of how to assess children and how to support youngsters with special educational needs.

However, she added: “The provider has not ensured that a robust system for keeping children safe is in place. Risk assessments are not completed so that the premises are safe and comply with relevant health and safety and fire safety regulations.”

The report later said: “The provider has not ensured that vital information is shared with the staff team in order to meet the needs of the individual children.”