Nursery to shut after poor Ofsted report

A NURSERY is closing this month following a damning inspection report from Ofsted.

Parker Tots, based at William Parker Sports College, was branded ‘inadequate’ by officers from the education watchdog last month.

Stacey Sangster, who led the inspection, said staff did not have ‘a clear idea’ of where children were at with their learning and development.

She said: “Where children are identified as not making expected progress in some areas, they are not given adequate support to close the achievement gaps. Children are not given satisfactory opportunities to make progress in their learning. Partnerships with parents are poor. Insufficient information is shared regarding children’s health and development.”

Lisa Chislett, of Salisbury Road, St Leonards, said she was ‘horrified’ by the closure.

She said: “My children have been at Parker Tots for nearly two years. There has been no consideration for the 55 children there over the decision to close. I have tried to find spaces at other nurseries and my children are now unsettled.”

Ofsted did say that the nursery managed children’s behaviour well.

A statement on behalf of the governors of William Parker Sports College said: “Following a severely critical report arising from an Ofsted inspection of Parker Tots, the college’s Governing Body sought guidance and assistance from East Sussex County Council’s Early Years Improvement Service. Its advice was that it would not be possible to bring the quality of service up to standard within the required time frame.

“The Governing Body of William Parker Sports College will be dissolved on July 31. On August 1, a new Governing Body (of William Parker Academy) will be appointed. In the light of the expert appraisal, the current body concluded with great regret that it had no alternative but to close Parker Tots before July 31, and advised staff and parents.

“This does not preclude the academy from making a fresh start by opening a new nursery school on the William Parker site in due course.”