St Albans nursery retains good Ofsted rating despite police probe

The St Albans hospital Busy Bees nursery

The St Albans hospital Busy Bees nursery - Credit: Archant

A nursery has retained its good Ofsted rating in the wake of a recent safeguarding incident.

Busy Bees Nursery at St Albans City Hospital had its registration suspended by Ofsted immediately after the incident in April when a 25-year-old man was questioned on suspicion of inciting a teenager to engage in a sexual act.

He was questioned by police and released on police bail until later this month.

Ofsted subsequently visited the nursery to carry out another inspection and it retained the ‘good’ rating it had received prior to the incident.

The report highlighted the fact that appropriate action had been taken, safeguarding was effective and the manager and staff had understood how to recognise safeguarding concerns.

Ofsted also praised the good communication with parents, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment and personal development, behaviour and welfare of the children.

They found that outcomes for children at the nursery were good with staff having high expectations of their charges and taking swift and effective action if they were at risk of falling behind.

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The report said the nursery had missed out on an ‘outstanding’ rating because of a question mark over routines, particularly for babies, and staff not recording formal observations of children frequently enough.

Nursery manager, Faye Dutton, said: “I am very proud of the whole team.

“All the staff at the nursery work tirelessly to ensure that every area of care and education is provided at the highest level for our children and their families.”