Nursery offering ‘buffet’ lunch of crisps, bread & sausages branded ‘inadequate’ by inspectors

A nursery offering a “buffet-style” lunch of crisps, buttered bread and mini sausages has been branded “inadequate” by inspectors.

Sweet Pea Nursery failed to ensure that food given to children was healthy, balanced and nutritious, according to a report by the regulator Ofsted.

The findings of the inspection by Tracey Dawson said: “Staff do not provide children with healthy, balanced and nutritious food at mealtimes.

“For example, at lunchtime, staff lay out crisps, buttered bread, mini sausages and other ‘buffet’ style foods on a side table and encourage children to help themselves.”

The nursery in Whittlesey, Cambs., was rated “inadequate” in all categories after inspectors visited it on June 25 this year.

The regulator also criticised the quality of teaching, which was deemed “weak”, and said staff supervision was “not effective”.

However, the staff were found to “manage children’s behaviour well” and “form close relationships with parents.”

The report added: “Parents say they are happy with the service they receive.”

Sweet Pea Nursery has been contacted for comment.


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