Walthamstow nursery shows improvement in latest Ofsted inspection

A nursery in Walthamstow deemed ‘inadequate’ two years ago after an inspector found unauthorised visitors could enter unchallenged has improved its rating to ‘good’.

In August 2019, Ofsted inspector Sarah Crawford gave Busy Bees Day Nursery in Sutton Road, the lowest possible rating, arguing staff “ do not take all necessary steps to keep children safe”.

But after the latest inspection on May 25, the education watchdog gave the nursery the second-highest rating of ‘good’, noting it is now “safe and secure” and “worked hard since the last inspection to improve”.

While the inspection in 2019 found that parents were complimentary about the nursery, she also found its teaching was “weak” and that there were often “not enough staff working”.

However, the latest report reads: “Children are visibly happy, well settled and enjoy their time at nursery. Leaders and staff keep children’s well-being and enjoyment at the centre of everything they do.

“Leaders monitor staff performance well, such as through regular supervisions. They swiftly recognise areas where staff need extra support and any weaknesses in the quality of education.

“The provider and the management team have reviewed security procedures to ensure that no unauthorised visitors are able to access the premises.

“(They also) now carefully check that there are sufficient numbers of staff present to meet requirements. This ensures that children’s welfare and learning is supported throughout the day.”

The inspectors noted the nursery could further improve by “strengthen(ing) staff’s understanding of how children learn to help enhance planning for children’s next steps in their development”.

Busy Bees was contacted for comment but had not responded at the time of writing.


Victoria Munro

Local Democracy Reporter