Pre-school in Brighton Hill to close for good following critical Ofsted report

Pre-school in Brighton Hill to close for good following critical Ofsted report

Pre-school in Brighton Hill to close for good following critical Ofsted report

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A PRE-SCHOOL which was criticised by Ofsted last year and graded as “inadequate” has informed parents that it will close for good at the end of July.

Ladybirds Pre-School, which is now based at the Brighton Hill Community Association, in Gershwin Road, Brighton Hill, was inspected by the education watchdog in June 2013, and told that children in its care were not safe after one was left to wander outside a play area on their own.

The visiting inspector, Melissa Cox, witnessed the incident when a child left the outdoor play space without adult supervision.

Following the inspection at their former premises at Hill Rise Hall, in Bach Close, Brighton Hill, latches were fitted to the gates with agreement from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, which owns the park.

Parents have now been informed that the pre-school will close at the end of this month because of “unforeseen circumstances that are beyond our control.”

The letter sent to parents said: “It is with much sadness and regret that Ladybirds Pre-School Basingstoke will be closing at the end of July. We will not be opening in September.”

It added: “We are very sorry for the short notice and inconvenience this may cause you but this very difficult decision has only been finalised this week.”

The pre-school has 28 children on roll aged between two and five.

The Gazette contacted Ladybirds, and a woman who answered the phone, but who declined to give her name, said: “There are rumours going round that Ofsted has closed us but it’s nothing to do with Ofsted. We have just closed down, there’s nothing to say.”

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8:37pm Sat 12 Jul 14

nikki19902 says...

Never had any prob With ladybird, children are safe, children are well. Looked after. Ofsted need to look at other pre schools instead of picking on good ones, my lil one went to a pre school before ladybirds and she.mange to cut her hair the manger amited that no.staff was watching at the time and realised what she.was doing when they found hair in the bin they the.manger said to me another thing and then another so I.don't know.what's.true so I pulled her out of that pre school Ofsted. Then gave that pre school a good I feel.like the.children Are un safe and that pre school should.get shut down, ladiebirds Should not be the ones that gets closed, ladiebirds staff are amazing!
Never had any prob With ladybird, children are safe, children are well. Looked after. Ofsted need to look at other pre schools instead of picking on good ones, my lil one went to a pre school before ladybirds and she.mange to cut her hair the manger amited that no.staff was watching at the time and realised what she.was doing when they found hair in the bin they the.manger said to me another thing and then another so I.don't know.what's.true so I pulled her out of that pre school Ofsted. Then gave that pre school a good I feel.like the.children Are un safe and that pre school should.get shut down, ladiebirds Should not be the ones that gets closed, ladiebirds staff are amazing! nikki19902
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2:40pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Sam_Walker123456 says...

nikki19902 says... 'Never had any prob With ladybird, children are safe...'
This depends on your definition of 'safe'. If you mean that it is safe for children to wander out of the playground, unsupervised then I guess Ladybirds was safe.
nikki19902 says... 'Never had any prob With ladybird, children are safe...' This depends on your definition of 'safe'. If you mean that it is safe for children to wander out of the playground, unsupervised then I guess Ladybirds was safe. Sam_Walker123456
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