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Nursery under fire over phone photos of children

A nursery school in Kent which allows staff to send parents mobile phone photos of their children has been rated as inadequate by Ofsted.

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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

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