Staff at a children’s nursery have turned around an “inadequate” Ofsted inspection in just five months.

Nightingales Private Day Nursery in New Hey Road, Oakes, was left shocked when it failed an inspection last July.

But within five months the nursery had bounced back climbing two grades to be rated “good.”

Nursery director Miss Michelle Sokolowski said: “We thought the first report was unfair and we’ve worked really hard to turn it around.”

Miss Sokolowski, who opened the nursery in 2011, complained about the report but her appeal was rejected.

Supported by Kirklees Council’s Early Years Service, the nursery set about tackling the criticisms.

The report said that staff training needed to be improved; frequent staff changes meant a lack of consistency of care; and a failure to engage with parents meant children’s progress couldn’t be monitored properly.

The nursery’s previous inspection report had been ‘good’ but the unannounced July 15 inspection came about after a complaint, no details of which have been made public.

Miss Sokolowski said no evidence was found to support the complaint, however.

After the report the nursery appointed a new manager Jodie Hellawell; sent staff on observation and assessment courses; introduced parent forums; and upgraded systems to monitor children’s progress using tablet devices.

In April the nursery, which has 69 children and 15 staff, was backed by the council in renovating a new building to take funded places for two-year-olds.

Nightingales Private Day Nursery, New Hey Road, Oakes, which has gained a Good Ofsted report.
 

As a result of the “inadequate” rating two-year-old funding was temporarily suspended and Miss Sokolowski said some parents removed their children.

“The report had a big impact on us and it was a very stressful time,” she said. “But we have had a great deal of support from all our parents and we would like to thank them for standing by us.”

There are four inspection grades: outstanding, good, requires improvement and inadequate. The ‘good’ rating came after an inspection on December 9.

“To jump from ‘inadequate’ to ‘good’ in the space of five months is amazing and staff have worked very hard,” said Miss Sokolowski.