The nursery has been rated as “kids eat food off the floor” by Education Watch

Tiny Toez in Cannock. Image: Google

Cannock’s Tiny Toez, who has 72 children, was examined by Ofsted in December.

There were “significant weaknesses in leadership and management,” according to a report summarizing the inspection, which said leaders did not take every precaution to ensure the safety and well-being of children.

He stated that outdoor play equipment breaks with jagged edges and that children are not being provided with activities and experiences that match their current educational needs and interests.

The report said: “The safety and welfare of the children is not guaranteed. Staff do not ensure that the environment is safe for children to play in.

“Children are not properly supervised. For example, they eat food they find on the floor and climb into sinks in the bathroom without being noticed by the staff.

Children remove and eat treats and food from other children’s lunch boxes when left unattended.

Leave children alone without adult supervision when eating.

Support for children with special educational needs and disabilities has also been described as “inadequate”, while inspectors said staff were “not ambitious” in their expectations of what children could achieve.

In one case, children completed simple puzzles with ease, but staff did not provide more complex puzzles to extend their learning and take them to the next stage because the puzzles were in a cupboard to keep them tidy, according to the report.

Inspectors said the staff did not manage the behavior effectively and, often, children hit and pushed each other.

“This has led to a chaotic environment,” the report said.

She outlined leadership problems, saying: “There are significant weaknesses in leadership and management which have a negative impact on children’s experiences in daycare.

Leaders do not ensure that staff receive the support they need to fully understand their roles and responsibilities to keep children safe and meet their learning needs.

“Leaders are not taking every precaution to ensure the safety and well-being of children.”

But she said parents in general were happy with the nursery and commented on the “friendly staff”.

Staff showed an adequate understanding of possible signs and symptoms that might indicate a child was at risk of abuse or neglect, and knew how to report any concerns to the relevant agencies.

Ofsted gave the nursery an overall rating of inadequate and issued a notice of welfare requirements telling the nursery where it should improve.

The nursery, which was registered in 2013 and employs 15 childcare staff, has been contacted for comment.