Shocked manager blasts Ofsted for ‘wrong’ nursery downgrade

Manor Park Day Nursery in Buckingham
Manor Park Day Nursery in Buckingham

A nursery manager has hit out at government inspectors after her centre was told to make improvements.

Manor Park Day Nursery was visited by Ofsted and the report downgraded it from a ‘good’ rating to ‘needs improvement’.

The inspector said there was a trip hazard and staff were not ‘probing’ enough with children, who are aged up to eight.

But manager of the centre in Moreton Road La’Dell Delfan Azary, who has 20 years of experience running nurseries, is appealing the decision.

The mum-of-five, who currently cares for 22 children at the centre, said she will fight ‘tooth and nail’ to overturn the grading.

She said: “I was shocked and very surprised. It’s really, really wrong.

“I am appealing it because we don’t think they should have lowered the grade.

“They picked up on two things and we have told Ofsted that we have sorted them but the loose cable was in the kitchen, where the kids don’t even go. Are the children safe? Yes.”

The report did say children ‘make good progress’ and are ‘very happy under the care of kind and considerate staff’.

But the two areas that need addressing were enough to downgrade the four-year-old centre since its ‘good’ rating in November.

Ms Delfan Azary has sent a letter to Ofsted but it could take 12 weeks for a response.

She thinks the process should be made less subjective by inspectors visiting in pairs and more frequently.

“There should be two inspectors,” she said. “Then you’d get a fairer reflection.

“If I walk into a shoe shop and say a certain pair is ghastly, my sister could say they are really nice.

“ It’s not a little shack here. I have spent every penny I have to make it the best nursery I can.”