Call for on-the-spot nursery checks follows BBC documentary

    Nursery nurses must be properly regulated and Ofsted should
    start carrying out spot checks on nurseries, say the Community
    Practitioners and Health Visitors Association, writes
    Sally Gillen
    .

    The health body, whose membership includes nursery nurses, is
    calling for the measures after an undercover BBC investigation
    revealed shortcomings in nursery care.

    Director of the CPHVA Mark Jones said the programme, which
    contained a catalogue of incidents of verbal and emotional abuse,
    exposed “shoddy and shameful practices”.

    He said: “We would like to see nursery nurses eventually
    registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in partnership
    with the Health Professions Council. This would reassure parents
    that their child is being looked after by nursery nurses who are
    properly trained and who were answerable for their actions to a
    professional body.”

    The organisation has drawn up a voluntary code of conduct for
    nursery nurses, which Jones said would be made available as
    “a matter of urgency”.

    In a statement Ofsted said it was investigating the three nurseries
    featured in the documentary and four members of staff had been
    dismissed and disciplinary action against a fifth was being
    considered.

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