Parents defend Golders Green nursery over ‘misleading’ Ofsted verdict

Clowns Nursery in Golders Green has gone from 'outstanding' to 'requires improvement'. Picture: Nige

Clowns Nursery in Golders Green has gone from 'outstanding' to 'requires improvement'. Picture: Nigel Sutton - Credit: Nigel Sutton

Parents have rushed to defend their children’s nursery after a scathing Ofsted report saw it downgraded from outstanding to the second-lowest rating.

Clowns Nursery, off North End Road, Golders Green, was judged to require improvement on Thursday after inspectors found it did not meet one of its legal requirements.

But manager Tracy Landy and parents have branded the report unfair and misleading.

Mother Nicola Avery Gee, who has had children at the nursery since 2009, said: “I read the recent Ofsted report for Clowns in disbelief.

‘‘I was shocked at the difference in the tone and content of the report, compared to the 2011 ‘outstanding’ report.

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‘‘The nursery has only improved during that period and the leadership is as strong and dynamic as ever.

‘‘There is no question that the report is deeply misleading.” Other parents who were equally incensed by the Ofsted verdict praised the nursery for its excellent teaching.

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The report by the official education watchdog found that the nursery does not complete legally mandatory progress checks for two-year-olds.

It therefore ruled that children’s learning needs are not being met, following the one-day inspection which took place last month.

But Ms Landy said the report ignores the nursery’s successes, and claimed that it only failed to meet legal requirements because the necessary information was not presented to inspectors in the right format.

The nursery, which charges parents up to £20,256 a year, has been rated outstanding twice before, in 2007 and in 2011.

Ms Landy said: “We are very proud of the success of our children and staff.

‘‘It was disappointing that we did not receive the same ‘outstanding’ status we have held for the past eight years.”

She added: “We believe the report does not fairly reflect the work we do and that it provides an incomplete picture of the facts.”

The manager said that the required changes have now been made.

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