A North London nursery has been awarded the lowest possible rating by the education watchdog, with the quality of teaching described as ‘weak’.
Christchurch Kindergarten in Brent was graded ‘inadequate’ despite being classed as ‘Good’ after its previous inspection.
Christchurch Kindergarten, located at Ascension Church in Wembley, provides day care to up to 40 one to four-year-old children during school term time. It receives funding from Brent Council for early years education for kids aged two to four.
Ofsted inspectors said there had been a “significant decline” in the quality of the nursery and questioned the staff’s suitability for the role, following its latest visit (November 2023). The report heavily criticised the teaching methods and concluded that the children “do not develop positive attitudes to their learning.”
Staff struggled to support children with behaviour issues, according to the report, with inspectors witnessing the kids being lifted “from behind without any explanation.” The lack of interaction or communication with the children during play meant they lost interest and became “disengaged”.
The leadership team were also slammed for not keeping records to demonstrate that staff are suitable to work with children or identify gaps in their knowledge to make improvements. This led to criticism that the children are not taught accurately, on one occasion it was noted that staff told children to “peel an orange when in fact it was a satsuma.”
However, parents told inspectors that they are happy with the nursery setting and that their children are happy to attend. Staff were praised for supervising kids adequately and planning indoor and outdoor activities that they enjoyed, such as “playing in the fresh air”.
Christchurch Kindergarten were approached for comment but did not respond ahead of publication.
The nursery is required to make improvements to the service ahead of a follow up inspection, including installing a proper vetting process for staff recruitment to make sure they are suitable to work with children, better tailor child support so it meets their individual needs, and implement regular coaching, guidance and monitoring of staff to help them improve
Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Schools, Cllr Gwen Grahl, said: “‘Ofsted is the arbiter of quality for early years settings. The council continues to work in a supportive way with individual childcare providers and the sector as a whole to improve outcomes including when areas of need are identified.”