Inspectors have temporarily closed a nursery following an incident involving a child who has since died.
Jelly Beans Day Nursery in Ashford, Kent, was shut down on September 23 after Ofsted found ‘serious safeguarding concerns’ over an undisclosed ‘medical emergency’ suffered by the infant.
The nursery said it received news of the child’s death on Friday, extending its ‘deepest sympathies’ to the family.
It will remain closed until early November while investigators determine what happened.
A statement from the nursery said: ‘Following a medical emergency at the nursery involving a child on Thursday 23rd September, Ofsted served a notice of suspension of registration for a period of six weeks for the purposes of an investigation.
‘The nursery will remain closed for the period of the suspension. We have today been notified that the child who was subject to this medical incident has tragically died.
‘We extend our deepest sympathies to the family who are in everyone’s thoughts.
‘Due to the ongoing investigations by the various agencies involved, we are unable at this time to make any further comment.
‘We have been cooperating fully with all relevant authorities and will continue to do so.’
A spokesperson for Ofsted said: ‘We have suspended the nursery’s registration due to serious safeguarding concerns.
‘It will remain closed while investigations continue.’
The daycare centre was downgraded from ‘good’ to ‘inadequate’ five years ago after a child was given an overdose of prescription medication.
A further inspection in 2018 restored its ‘good’ rating.
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Author: Sam Courtney-Guy