A nursery in Kent has had it's Ofsted rating downgraded from Outstanding to Inadequate over photos of children sent to parents via a mobile phone.
Cherubs nursery in Linton was sending photos of children to their parents to show that they are happy after they leave, in an effort to reassure those whose children are unhappy or distressed when left.
The Ofted report stated that "Children are not safeguarded effectively" due to the use of "personal mobile phones" to record observations and send messages to parents. It stated that "the provider/manager lacks understanding of the risks this presents to children and does not monitor the use of mobile phones effectively to ensure children's safety".
The nursery's owner, Cindy Fox, maintains that this was a mobile for nursery use only and that personal mobiles were locked away, and that parents consent to and welcome the photos.
A parent whose child attends the nursery has started an online petition to change the Ofsted rating, and as Cherubs can take on no new children whilst they are rated inadequate the nursery may be forced to close in September as pupils leave to go to Primary school.
What do you think of this issue? Although sending photos to parents was done with the best intentions, was this also a failure to ensure their safety? Or is this an over-reaction to a well-meaning policy, and just a way to reassure families that their children are happy? Let us know what you think in the comments or over on our Facebook page.
Image: Steve Burton.