SUPPORTERS of a Barrow nursery have praised its owner who sprung to its defence after being branded ‘inadequate’ by education watchdog Ofsted.

Cheeky Monkeys Childcare, based at Abbots Vale Community Centre on Abbots Vale in Barrow, was deemed as inadequate in personal development and leadership and management, and as requiring improvement in the quality of education and behaviour and attitudes.

This gave them the overall rating of inadequate after they were inspected on April 20.

The Ofsted report said the nursery must 'take prompt and effective action to identify and minimise any potential risks to babies, particularly with regard to the use of toys and resources that pose a risk of choking.'

Nursery owner Kerry Griffin said staff had checked the outdoor area but when they had returned outside with the babies it was discovered that a child had posted a Lego brick from an upstairs window.

A further two actions were given to the nursery to carry out.

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Kristie Keating said: “My granddaughter went to this nursery and it was amazing, she was always happy and excited to go, and even after moving on she still gets excited to see her old school and remembers the teachers names and the friends she made.”

Kirsty Anne said: “I had three children who attended cheeky monkeys and I couldn’t rate it high enough from taking my baby at six months till school age! They all came on so well xx”

Michelle McGlown said: “It’s a fantastic nursery and I’m sad to see this rating. My daughter attended the nursery for several years as a toddler and even now, at 11, she still talks about her time there!”

Lois Daly said: “All three of my children went here and the staff are amazing just a shame they pick up on the odd minor thing which are minuscule in comparison to the rest of care the nursery offers!”

Heather Wyers said: “Kerry does an amazing job my daughter went to this nursery and I can’t fault it or any of the staff at all.”