Fringe Box



Guildford Nursery Turns Around Ofsted ‘Inadequate’ Rating

Published on: 1 Sep, 2023
Updated on: 4 Sep, 2023

The Busy Bees Nursery website

By Emily Coady-Stemp

local democracy reporter

“Rapid and well-targeted improvements” helped a Guildford nursery to turn around an “inadequate” Ofsted rating, according to inspectors.

The nursery was inspected in January and given the lowest possible rating as concerns were raised about children’s safety and well-being being compromised.

But now Busy Bees, in Gill Avenue, has been given a “good” rating, with improvements made to safety at the setting and the manager said to have “a clear knowledge of child development and of effective management practice”.

A new interim manager was appointed following the inspection in January and Ofsted carried out a full inspection of the nursery on July 26. The nursery is now rated good overall as well as in in the areas of quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development and leadership and management.

The inspector’s report said: “Children arrive at the nursery and settle quickly in the care of the welcoming and friendly staff team.

“They develop secure bonds with staff, which promotes children’s well-being and happiness.”

She also said the curriculum, overseen by the manager and planned effectively by staff, met the learning needs, styles and interests of each child.

The nursery cares for children up to four years old, and currently has 74 children on its roll.

The January inspection raised concerns about children not always being observed during certain activities.

It flagged a lack of effective risk assessment meaning children played in a “big water tray” with “relatively deep” water which needed to be monitored by staff and put children “at potential risk”.

A monitoring visit in February found that staff safeguarding and child protection knowledge had improved at the nursery.

At the time, a spokesperson for Busy Bees apologised to parents and said the nursery had addressed all the points raised by inspectors.

July’s inspection report said: “The manager has made rapid and well-targeted improvements in the quality of the provision.

“She has a clear knowledge of child development and of effective management practice. This enables her to increase staff morale.

“This in turn, brings out the best qualities in staff to drive improvements in the care and education of children and to develop an effective curriculum.”

The inspector also said the health and safety officer had a “secure understanding of her role and responsibilities” and had helped with safety improvements which meant children played and learned “in an effectively risk-assessed environment”.

Share This Post

Leave a Comment

Please see our comments policy. All comments are moderated and may take time to appear.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *