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Desperate search for new venue after nursery fire

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A popular nursery school in Hove is desperately looking for a new home after it was destroyed by fire at the weekend.

Up to 70 families regularly use the Cbabies nursery which became the country's first webcam pre-school in 2002.

One man has been arrested following the fire.

As Andy Dickenson reports.

Andy spoke to parent Celine Stenson, grandmother Joyce Lovell, eye-witnesses Charlie Barbagelata and Dr Richard Inwood.

Boulder thrown through glass in nursery break in

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Up to 40 children were forced to miss nursery today after their building was broken into and hundreds of pounds worth of damage caused.

A boulder was thrown through patio doors at Busi Kids in Hedge End.

Glass was smashed during the break in Credit: ITV Meridian

Rooms were also trashed and items stolen.

The nursery has re-opened this afternoon.

Leanne Shaw, Deputy Nursery Manager, Busi Kids

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Parents defend inadequate nursery rating over phone photos

The parents of nursery schoolchildren in Kent say they're angry it has been rated inadequate.

It's because mobile phone photographs of children at the nursery in Maidstone were being sent to parents by the staff.

It was something both parents and nursery workers had previously agreed to.

An OFSTED inspector found the practice raised safety concerns but the nursery owners say the photographs were simply letting parents know their children were safe.

Tom Savvides reports.

Nursery under fire over phone photos of children

Nursery owners say the photographs were simply letting parents know their children were safe Credit: ITV Meridian

The parents of nursery schoolchildren in Kent say they're angry it has been rated inadequate.

It's because mobile phone photographs of children at the nursery in Maidstone were being sent to parents by the staff.

It was something both sides had previously agreed to.

An OFSTED inspector found the practice raised safety concerns but the nursery owners say the photographs were simply letting parents know their children were safe.

ITV Meridian spoke to Nursery Manager, Cindy Fox, and mother of one the school's pupils Chantelle Bourne.

“We judged this pre-school to be inadequate last year because children were not safeguarded effectively.

“The pre-school made a complaint about our judgement which we considered very carefully and at length. We are satisfied that our original judgement was correct. This pre-school must ensure that children are fully safeguarded.

“It is vital that young children are safe in preschools. Early years settings determine their own policies about mobile phone use, but inspectors will want to be assured that they are being used properly.

“As the Early Years Foundation Stage states, early years providers must ensure they take all reasonable steps to ensure children in their care are not exposed to risks and must be able to demonstrate how they are managing risks. An early years provider’s safeguarding policy and procedures must cover use of mobile phones and cameras.”

– Ofsted spokesman

Parents protest over plans to close nursery

Parents are angry over plans to close Causeway House in Petersfield Credit: ITV Meridian

Parents have been protesting at plans to close a nursery school in Petersfied, after Ofsted rated it as inadequate.

Directors of Causeway House say major losses in the last year hasn't helped, plus reduction in funding from the council.

The nursery is due to close in just four weeks, but there are hopes of keeping it open until September so parents have longer to find spaces for 60 children

ITV Meridian spoke to mother, Aby Yalden.