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Ofsted inspectors find choking risks and grubby conditions at Little Gem nursery in Lordswood

30 April 2014
by Lizzie Massey

A nursery in Chatham with worrying safety and hygiene issues and has been condemned as “inadequate” for the second time.

Little Gem nursery in Dargets Road, Lordswood, was fully inspected this month and the Ofsted report shows it has not improved since being landed with the worst grade possible in June last year.

Inspector Janine Scott listed a number of concerns over the health and safety of children.

Little Gem Nursery, Dargets Road, Chatham

Little Gem Nursery, Dargets Road, Chatham

She noted that “small toys, unsuitable for babies, are left within their reach, putting them at risk of choking”.

Babies’ bottles of milk are also left out in a warm room, often on the floor, and children drink out of each others bottles.

Little Gem Nursery, Dargets Road, Chatham

Little Gem Nursery, Dargets Road, Chatham

Some of the toilets do not have loo roll and during nap times the children share a mattress and blanket, which is unhygienic.

She added: “The nursery is grubby and children are changed on the floor in the main play room in full view of everyone walking past, which does not protect their dignity.”

Children also do not have the chance to play outside each day and staff are not effectively monitored so the quality of teaching is weak.

Ms Scott added: “They offer little challenge to children. Consequently, although children play, their learning is incidental.”

Little Gem Nursery, Dargets Road, Chatham

Little Gem Nursery, Dargets Road, Chatham

The two positives to come out of the report were that staff promote children’s emotional health, they enjoy healthy snacks.

No one from the nursery responded to our inquiries.


 

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