Nursery where children become 'bored and disengaged' downgraded to Inadequate

Rainbow House Private Day Nursery, in Common Road, Low Moor <i>(Image: Telegraph &amp; Argus)</i>
Rainbow House Private Day Nursery, in Common Road, Low Moor (Image: Telegraph & Argus)

A NURSERY where children become bored and parents are not aware of who is caring for their child has been rated Inadequate.

Rainbow House Private Day Nursery, in Common Road, Low Moor was visited by Ofsted on November 8.

It caters for 80 children between the ages of zero and four.

The nursery was rated Good at its last full inspection in September 2017 but has now been downgraded to the lowest rating.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Rainbow House Private Day Nursery, in Common Road, Low Moor
Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Rainbow House Private Day Nursery, in Common Road, Low Moor

Rainbow House Private Day Nursery, in Common Road, Low Moor (Image: Telegraph & Argus)

The report states: “Children do not benefit from an ambitious and challenging curriculum that help them to prepare for their next stage in learning.”

They become “bored and disengaged” and begin to show challenging behaviours, which staff are not able to manage well enough.

Some children play for long periods of time in isolation without any intervention or support, particularly during outdoor play.

The report states: “Babies and young children show that they do not feel safe and secure.”

This is the case at mealtimes when babies are unsettled for long periods of time.

Staff identify concerns about a child’s development but do not offer quick enough support.

The report states: “The gaps in some children's learning are too wide.

“This includes children who speak English as an additional language or have communication difficulties.”

Parents are complimentary towards staff and managers at the nursery and said they are “friendly and approachable”.

But some are not aware of who is caring for their child, or who their child’s key person is, and they are not able to enter the premises due to some restrictions remaining in place after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Children are provided with a range of suitable, healthy choices during mealtimes and those who are older show suitable levels of independence, such as putting their own coats on for outdoor play and serving themselves food.

These older children also show that they develop literacy skills in preparation for school.

The report states: “For instance, they paint with brushes on an easel and show staff the letters they have formed.

“Staff praise children and take photographs of their work to show parents what they have achieved.

“This helps to suitably promote children's self-esteem.”

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Rainbow House Private Day Nursery, in Common Road, Low Moor
Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Rainbow House Private Day Nursery, in Common Road, Low Moor

Rainbow House Private Day Nursery, in Common Road, Low Moor (Image: Telegraph & Argus)

The safeguarding arrangements at the nursery are not effective, according to the report.

Babies and young children’s emotional needs are not met due to weaknesses in the key-person system.

But staff demonstrate a suitable understanding of child protection issues, such as recognising the signs of symptoms of abuse and how to report any concerns about the welfare of a child.

Whistle-blowing procedures are also in place.

A spokesperson for the nursery said: “As a setting we were very shocked to receive our report grading us as Inadequate.

“Areas of concern have already been addressed and we are working hard to improve in those areas with the support of Bradford Early Years.

“To date, most parents have already had access to the report and are supporting us throughout and have been very understanding.

“We are very lucky that we have such good relationships with our parents and their children who thrive in our safe environment.”