A Yeovil nursery has been shut down overnight due to “safeguarding concerns”. Ofsted has suspended Oaklands Day Nursery on Preston Grove with immediate effect – leaving local parents scrambling for childcare.
Parents were reportedly sent an email on Monday (July 25) evening informing them there “had been a potential breach in welfare requirements for Ofsted” and advising them to “arrange other childcare or arrange holiday” as the nursery would not open today (Tuesday, July 26). It is understood that around 90 children attend the nursery.
Ofsted has not revealed anymore details about why the suspension was imposed. When contacted by Somerset Live , Oaklands Day Nursery declined to comment.
A spokesman for Ofsted said: “We have suspended the nursery while we make enquiries into safeguarding concerns. We are unable to provide any further comment.”
An email reportedly sent from the nursery to parents on Monday evening reads: “It is with regret that I have to inform you that Oaklands Day Nursery is in a situation where there has been a potential breach in the welfare requirements for Ofsted. Until this has been investigated fully we have had a suspension in our registration.
“We will work with Ofsted and the local safeguarding team to investigate it and conclude this as soon as possible. Rest assured we aim to carry out a full process and we are unable to operate until further notice.
“Unfortunately, we do not know how long this will take and you will have to arrange other childcare or arrange holidays. We will keep you informed as things develop, but we have to put the safety of the children first and we are sure you will understand this.”
A Somerset County Council spokesman added: “Further to Ofsted’s suspension, we are working with Ofsted and relevant parties to ensure the setting will reopen at the earliest opportunity. Any parents who need to make alternative childcare arrangements can click on the childcare finder service link available at https://beta.somerset.gov.uk/education-and-families/early-years-and-childcare/finding-childcare/.”
Source: Somerset Live