Nursery to remain closed after failing to report bruises of child abused by family member

A struggling nursery that was closed down by Ofsted after a worker failed to tell social services about bruises noticed on a child has lost its fight to re-open.

Catherine’s Cross Nursery, in Darlaston, shut last year and was struck off the register by the education watchdog for a string of safeguarding failings.

The management was said to be poor and ineffectual, while inadequate learning and development opportunities were being offered to children at the Pinfold Street centre.

Nursery operators Darlaston Community Association took the matter to an appeal heard at a First-Tier Tribunal earlier this month. But the original decision to close was upheld.

The hearing was told concerns were raised about the failure of a worker to report to social services bruises she had noticed on a child.

The abused toddler was ultimately taken into care after suffering a serious assault by a family member.
Ofsted said the concerns were sufficient to justify removing the nursery from the register and, after an appeal, a judge has now backed that decision.

Judge Melanie Plimmer told the tribunal that, if anything, the concerns raised then were even more valid now than they were last year.

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