Padiham’s ‘inadequate’ nursery which closed in follow-up market inspection for £ 400,000

An “inadequate” nursery which submitted its registration during an Ofsted inspection has been put up for sale.

Victoria’s Nursery in Padiham closed its doors on November 23 after surrendering its registration to the Education Inspectorate after it was found “inadequate” during an inspection on September 20.

Ofsted forced the nursery to close after the September inspection to give them time to make the necessary improvements and they were allowed to reopen on October 15.

Another follow-up inspection in November saw nursery owner Kerry Driver hand over the registration, forcing them to shut the doors permanently.

The Nursery, in Burnley Road, has now been marketed for just under £ 399,950 with Ilkley-based Alan J Picken Business Transfer Agents.

The list on the website reads: “The nursery can accommodate up to 36 children aged 0-5 and has been designed to meet the needs of children, with large, bright and colorful playrooms and play areas. of outdoor games, complete with modern and precious equipment.

During the September inspection, the Ofsted inspector described the nursery as “disorganized, chaotic and noisy”.

The crèche turned out to be insufficient in terms of the quality of education; behavior and attitudes; personal development; and leadership and management.

Inspector Donna Birch explained how the site puts children at “significant risk of harm and has serious implications for their health, safety, well-being, learning and development.”

Ms Birch also spoke about how the children were put at “extreme risk of injury” from trailing cords, an unsecured baby gate, a disentangled garden hose, moldy toys and ‘plastic packaging.

The final inspection report reads: “On November 23, 2021, we started an inspection and found that the supplier did not meet a number of requirements.

“During the inspection, the supplier resigned its registration. This means that we were unable to complete the inspection.

“The supplier is no longer registered with Ofsted.”

The Lancashire Telegraph has attempted to contact the owner of the nursery on several occasions, but without success.

Dora W. Clawson