Squirrels Children’s Day Nursery in Leigh, WN7 4BT, United Kingdom, was slammed by the regulators in a recent visit. They highlighted failures in leadership, equipment hygiene, safeguarding assessments as well as an insufficient understanding of child protection issues.
The inspection report shows that they have not learnt their lessons from previous warnings, which had marked them as an inadequate childcare provider. In February 2021, it was reported that a child at the school was left alone, unsupervised, in the nursery garden, out of sight, and hearing of staff for approximately six minutes.
SENSES (Child Safeguarding and Protection Principle):
As schools, we owe a duty of care to every child placed under our care. Care here goes beyond providing education alone. We must ensure that our environment is safe and secure and that children must feel protected.
From the fact of this case, the inspection report showed that the school in question school had insufficient safeguarding and protection measures in place, and their hygiene was even questioned. Further, a child was left unsupervised. This is totally unacceptable by the Universal Child Safeguarding and Protection Principles. It is recommended that the acceptable supervision it 2 adults at a time, and this is called the two-adult rule.
STONE (Call to action):
As a Child-Focused Organization it is important that we emphasize the need for all schools, Child-Focused Institutions, or anywhere children are gathered to have a Child Safeguarding and Protection System codified into a Policy, broken down into Processes in which everyone within the school system is trained and retrained. This policy must also be subjected to annual review.
Anyone saddled with the care of a child, whether a primary or secondary parent, must never drop the ball and must always ensure that every action taken must be in the BEST INTEREST OF THE PRECIOUS CHILDREN.