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Nurseries in York investigated

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10:17am 23rd November 2011
(Updated 3:30pm 23rd November 2011)

A group of nurseries in York are being investigated by the City of York safeguarding Children Board, City of York Council, North Yorkshire Police and Ofsted.

It's after they've failed to “comply with welfare requirements" set by government inspectors.

A welfare requirement notice has been issued by Ofsted to four nurseries owned by the same management, Little Joes, Heworth House, Askham Bar Day Nursery and Heworth Green Day Nursery.

An investigation over welfare issues was started in August into the operation of Heworth House on Melrosegate and Little Joe's Day Nursery in Heworth.

Ealier this year 6 women were arrested as part of the investigation.

2 of the 6 have now been excluded from the police enquiries and have returned to work.

The other 4 remain on police bail.

A statement on joint investigation between the City of York Safeguarding Children Board, the City of York Council, North Yorkshire Police and Ofsted:

“The City of York Safeguarding Children Board, North Yorkshire Police, City of York Council and Ofsted are continuing with their enquiries into the running of two privately owned nurseries in York, Little Joes in Fishergate and Heworth House in Melrosegate.

“The enquiries relate to the running of the nurseries, the quality of care and the welfare of children who attend the nurseries. The allegations do not relate to sexual abuse.

“The enquiries have identified concerns which have resulted in Ofsted issuing a ‘welfare requirement notice’, in respect of all four nurseries owned by the same management, Little Joes, Heworth House, Askham Bar Day Nursery and Heworth Green Day Nursery.

 “Welfare requirement notices are served when Ofsted considers that a provider has failed to comply with the welfare requirements, required by law for all nurseries. When this happens, Ofsted provides details of what action should be taken by the nursery and how long it should take. It is an offence for a provider to fail to comply with such a notice.

“The Outcome Summary of the issues will be published by Ofsted on their website (www.ofsted.gov.uk) and will be updated as the enquiries continue.

“We are pleased to report that with the cooperation of the nurseries management, with City of York Council and The City of York Safeguarding Children Board, significant positive improvements have been, and are continuing to be, made by the nurseries.

“Two employees have been excluded from the police enquiries and have now returned to work and four employees remain on police bail while the police investigation is ongoing. The Ofsted investigation is also ongoing and Ofsted will continue to closely monitor the nurseries on a regular basis to ensure that the improvements required under the welfare notices are met.

 “All parents whose children attend Heworth House and Little Joes nurseries have been contacted directly, either by letter or telephone to keep them informed during the investigation.

“We have been heartened by the support parents have provided throughout the investigations and we remain committed to providing them with support and information, where possible.

“City of York Council’s Family Information Service helpline remains open and if parents have any questions or concerns they can contact with the service on 01904 554444, between the working hours of 9am and 5pm. They can also email fis@york.gov.uk or send a text message with their name and contact details to 07624 802244.

“We are unable to comment further on the details of the investigations for legal reasons.”

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