I am extremely worried by the news that Ofsted has suspended four privately-run nurseries in northern Devon, pending an investigation into safeguarding. My first concern of course is for the wellbeng of the 450 children who attend these nurseries, and I have written to Devon County Council to seek urgent reassurance on this matter. I have also asked about the future provision for the affected families, and sought assurances about the employment situation of the 100 staff. This is a very worrying situation and I will be monitoring it closely, but while the investigation is ongoing, it would not be appropriate to comment further.
The nurseries involved are:
- Claire’s Newport Nursery in Barnstaple
- Claire’s Little Bear Nursery in Barnstaple
- Claire’s Little Robins Nursery in Bideford
- Claire’s Flying Start Nursery in Barnstaple