Babies left ‘lethargic’ at Tiny Tots nursery in Bradford because they don’t get enough fresh air

Posted: 4th April 2022

Tiny Tots Bradford was rated ‘requires improvement’ in its recent Ofsted inspection

A Bradford nursery must make changes after Ofsted inspectors found children attending had ‘limited access to fresh air’.

Tony Tots Bradford received ‘Requires Improvement’ in its most recent Ofsted inspection on February 15 as inspectors criticised ventilation.

While inspectors praised the atmosphere at the nursery, inspectors said the lack of access to fresh air impacted children and has told bosses to improve children’s health and wellbeing by the end of May.

The report, published March 24, reads: “Children have limited access to fresh air and outdoor play. Ventilation in the baby room is particularly poor.

“This leaves children, at times, lethargic and lacking concentration. Some younger children sleep when the others are outside. Some do not have exercise and fresh air before they are collected. This has an impact on their health and motivation.”

It later says in the report that children are asked to stop running or climbing indoors when they “crave physical play”.

Inspectors added that the standard of education is “greatly variable” due to inconstant management, resources, improvement implementation and following up on concerns about staff’s practice. This is seen in “all aspects of the provision”.

However, the report says children are “happy and safe” at the nursery, and have good relationships with staff and other children. Behaviour and regular routines are praised, as well as staff’s involvement and awareness in recognising the impact of the pandemic on children.

“Some staff skilfully support children’s learning according to their learning needs,” the report reads.It adds: “However, other staff occasionally ignore children when they try to show them their picture. At times, some staff are curt with children. For example, they tell children abruptly to ‘sit down’ or ‘come here’.”

Inspectors also said children at the nursery cannot access tissues or hand towels because of them not always being accessible.

Tiny Tots was rated inadequate by Ofsted after an inspection in January 2020 due to children’s safety being ‘compromised’ through a lack of staff understanding of safeguarding. An interim visit and the latest full inspection confirmed the safeguarding issues have now been resolved.

Previous to the 2020 inspection, the nursery had a ‘good’ rating.

Parents are said to be pleased with language development at Tiny Tots, and inspectors also made clear it meets dietary requirements and helps children learn basic knowledge and small-muscle skills.

By May 31, Tiny Tots is required to improve consistency of teaching, improve health and wellbeing and support children who need extra help in their language development more effectively.

Tiny Tots Bradford were contacted and declined to comment on the story.

Source: https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/news/local-news/babies-left-lethargic-tiny-tots-23519178

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