A PRE-SCHOOL has received a damning report and seen its Ofsted rating drop from outstanding to inadequate.

Rainbows End Pre-school at Sir John Moore Barracks was visited by the education watchdog on January 28 and found management’s behaviour led to a “chaotic and unsafe environment for children”.

A report published last week rated the nursery as inadequate in all of its inspection areas.

It comes after a previous inspection in 2015 rated them as outstanding.

The report said: “Practitioners do not have high expectations of children and are accepting of the behaviours they present. They do not role model how children can take care of their environment, which results in children disrespecting their toys and showing little care and consideration for others.

“Children are not taught the importance of kindness and valuing each other. As a result, children react negatively towards their peers during play, such as when role playing.

“The environment is disorderly and hinders children’s attitude to learning. For instance, children flit from one area of the room to another, treading on toys as they go. This prevents children from feeling safe and secure in the pre-school.”

Inspectors also criticised the committee stating it has: “failed to ensure a smooth transition through a change in leadership and therefore was not aware of the existing drop in standards”.

It was found that the manager had not been inducted, and she “does not have a required knowledge or training to fulfil the role of designated safeguarding lead, which puts children at risk”.

Although safeguarding policies and procedures were in place they were not in line with local arrangements.

Following the catalogue of concerns inspectors issued requirement ordering the playgroup to work on 11 areas.

The pre-school’’s committee has said in response to the inspection: “Rainbow’s End Nursey, respect the judgement made by Ofsted during its recent inspection. We have worked very hard with Hampshire County Council to implement the recommendations, to ensure that Rainbows End Nursery is recognised as an organisation with high standards within the local community.”