Rachel Hook from the Brentwood Gazette spoke to very concerned parents recently after being left in the dark after a Jump Ahead Pre-School, based at the 4th Billericay Scout Hut on Laindon Road, was shut since Tuesday, April 22 whilst the education authority "investigates concerns".
The nursery's registration has been suspended until June 3, a decision which will be reviewed regularly, according to the education watchdog.
A new nursery in the town has stepped in to offer places to children who attended Jump Ahead Pre-School.
[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Tina Lassman, Little Legs Pre-School manager"]I have had 20 to 30 parents who are very concerned. We were planning on opening for September and this term we were going to do our marketing and get ourselves out there, but we have brought it forward. We are all in place and are Ofsted graded and registered with the council so parents can apply for funding."
A letter from Ofsted has since been placed in the window of Jump Ahead detailing the conditions of the suspension.
It reads: "The purpose of the suspension is to allow time to investigate our belief that a child may be exposed to a risk of harm and for any necessary steps to be taken to eliminate or reduce the risk of harm. We will regularly review the situation and will stop the suspension within the period if we believe children are no longer at risk. Suspension does not automatically mean that a provider is unsuitable to provide care in the future or that we will cancel the registration. We only take steps to cancel registration if we consider that the provider is no longer suitable to provide child care."
Mrs Lassman added: "The parents don't know much – they went to the pre-school last Tuesday and were told they were no longer open."
The Gazette was unable to make contact with Jump Ahead.
Article sourced from the Brentwood Gazette