Child safety cited as ‘poor’ as Yarm nursery gets ‘inadequate’ rating from Ofsted


A Teesside nursery has been ordered to improve the quality of its education and personal development.

An inspection was carried out by Ofsted at Puddleducks Childcare in Yarm on Thursday December 9 and found it to be ‘inadequate’.

The High Street Nursery was told by the education watchdog that of five areas inspected all were rated as ‘inadequate’.

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Puddleducks Childcare was first registered in 2013 and employs nine people. The crèche provides early education for three-year-olds before they move on to primary school

In the report, Ofsted concluded that standards of care, learning and safety were “poor” at Puddleducks – which had a “significant impact” on children’s development and wellbeing.

The Teesside crèche report says: ‘The headmaster failed to ensure that all staff and pupils had sufficient understanding of the protection and welfare requirements, particularly in relation to the procedures for storing mobile phones, transporting children in vehicles and knowing the potential signs of abuse This has a big impact on the safety of children.

“Some staff members have low expectations of children and their teaching does not provide effective levels of support and challenge. all areas of their learning or to build solid foundations for the future.

“Staff do not wash babies’ pacifiers after they have been on the floor before allowing them to put them back in their mouths. Contrary to this, older children wash their hands before lunch and use clean cups to independently access fresh drinking water.”

The report, however, says children at Puddleducks Childcare show signs of “positive behaviour” with staff members using “words of praise” when children have done something well.

After a previous inspection in January 2020, which rated the overall efficiency of the nursery as “good”, improvements have been made to the resources offered inside the establishment and have allowed children to make independent choices regarding their game.

The January inspection rated the overall efficiency of Puddleducks as “inadequate”, as well as the quality of upbringing, behavior and attitudes, personal development and leadership and management.

The Puddleducks nursery in Yarm, which has been deemed ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted


The Ofsted report says children at Puddleducks Childcare do not have access to a “broad and balanced” program.

He says: “For example, some staff who work with young children don’t provide activities that help them develop in key learning areas, such as their communication and language. Toddlers run and climb.However, staff do not extend this to providing opportunities for physical development.


The government department concluded that Puddleducks has a “significant weakness” in the backup.

The report states: “The manager failed to ensure that staff and students had sufficient knowledge of the facility’s child protection policies and procedures. For example, some staff are unable to identify signs of potential abuse, including those associated with county lines and neglect.”

Parents of children who attend Puddleducks Childcare objected to the findings of the December Ofsted inspection.

One parent said: “My daughter is going to Puddleducks just before her first birthday. She is now two years and three months old. From day one I was so impressed with her experience there. She loves going there and never turns back one morning to say goodbye!

“Her development and progress has been incredible. I couldn’t ask for better child care for her. I would highly recommend Puddleducks to anyone.”

Another parent added: “As a parent, I fully understand and support the need for childcare regulation; no parent ever wants to think they are letting their child into inadequate care. , his safety is paramount and we trust him at places like Puddleducks to care for our children as if they were their own.

“My child is safe, comfortable, contented and growing in confidence and ability thanks to the excellent care and 1:1 nurturing of a brilliant manager and group of staff. There is communication regular contact with parents and an opportunity to see your child’s progress on the early years framework, monitoring their development and agreeing a plan for further development together.”

This was the first inspection Ofsted had carried out on Puddleducks since the covid-19 pandemic, and according to the inspection agency, the duty inspector took this situation “into account” when assessing the framework .

In a statement from Puddleducks Childcare, director Deb Wright said: “In response to the recent Ofsted inspection, we do not believe this accurately reflects the high standards of our nursery, and we have the full support of all our parents.

“All highlighted actions were immediately implemented, some of which were already nearly completed on the day of the inspection.

“We look forward to Ofsted’s return as soon as possible and as a team we are more than confident that we can receive our overall high rating again.”

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