Statement from Peter Heaton-Jones - North Devon Nursery Suspension

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.

Further details

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