Council admits mistake over nursery roll at Lawfield Nursery

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Midlothian Council has admitted it had the wrong roll limit at Lawfield Nursery after a parent complained it was 50 per cent over capacity.

But it has reassured parents that there is room for all 120 children, despite complaints that the nursery is “cramped”.

One parent, who doesn’t want to be named, raised concerns that the nursery’s capacity was registered with the Care Inspectorate as 40 children, when 60 children were attending each morning and afternoon session.

The parent, whose daughter attends the nursery, told the Advertiser: “It is so cramped the children can’t move about and play, the building isn’t big enough. And for the staff that is 120 children for them to deal with each day, it’s too much.”

The Care Inspectorate, which oversees children’s services, visited the nursery and confirmed that space and staffing levels were more than adequate to accommodate 60 children.

The council admitted that the nursery should have registered the maximum number of children it could take with the Care Inspectorate. Instead it had registered the number of children attending at the time of registration – around two years ago – and had not updated that information.

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