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Nursery investigation after complaints 'naughty children strapped in chair'

Editorial image: a nursery has been forced to close while investigations are carried out Credit: Press Association

A Montessori nursery has been forced to close while officials investigate claims that a member of staff used a wrist strap to restrain children who misbehaved in a chair.

Lamb Setts Montessori Nursery is under scrutiny by Ofsted following concerns raised by several parents earlier this month.

One parent said complaints made about the use of the "strap chair" to "get children to behave" were not taken seriously.

The mum, who wished to remain anonymous, said: "When I asked my daughter, she said 'I'm a good girl so I don't go in the strap chair'."

"But she said she'd seen another child who had been naughty get strapped in the chair and prevented from playing or having their snack.

She said the strap was kept in a drawer and had been taken out and used as a threat to get children to behave."

– Anonymous parent

Ofsted says the pre-school in the Mosborough area of Sheffield, had failed to notify the watchdog of an allegation made against a member of staff and the use of restraints.

A statement by the watchdog read:

"The purpose of the suspension is to allow time to investigate our belief that children 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 lift the suspension within this period if we believe children are no longer at risk.

We are continuing with our investigations. The provider is still registered with Ofsted."

– Ofsted

A letter to parents from manager Christy Bakewell read:

"Some parents of children in the school have stated that their child has referred to a 'strap chair' that you go in if you are naughty.

This is not Lamb Setts policy.

We are a Montessori setting and do not have a naughty chair, naughty corner or anything of that nature. We do not even use the word "naughty" here.

Some children with special needs may need to sit on a chair with baby safety reins, or use a safety wrist strap.

But this would be an agreed strategy used as part of their care plan and discussed with parents.

If any member of staff was acting outside of this policy they would be doing so without our knowledge or consent and I would find this type of behaviour totally unacceptable."

– Christy Bakewell, nursery manager