Choke death nursery closes its doors

A TROUBLED nursery where a baby girl choked to death closed down on Friday (February 29). The Just Learning Nursery in Cambourne was recently given an inadequate rating by Ofsted. In 2006, it temporarily closed after 10-month-old Georgina Hollick choked to death.

A TROUBLED nursery where a baby girl choked to death closed down on Friday (February 29).

The Just Learning Nursery in Cambourne was recently given an 'inadequate' rating by Ofsted.

In 2006, it temporarily closed after 10-month-old Georgina Hollick choked to death. An inquest ruled the baby was a victim of a tragic accident.

Now it has been revealed that the BBC has made a documentary looking at the Cambourne nursery and how it is run. It is to be broadcast next month.

The nursery's management has now said that the poor Ofsted report, negative publicity and difficulty in recruiting high quality staff means the nursery must close.

A spokesman for Just Learning said: "As the safety of our children is our absolute priority, the board concluded that, despite the continuing support of parents and the efforts of staff, closure was the most prudent and responsible option."

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Parents in Cambourne will now have to find new nurseries for their children. Places are being offered at the Just Learning Nursery in Huntingdon and the company is working with other nurseries to try to make room for the 91 children who had attended the Cambourne site.

However, it is unlikely that the nursery will stay closed for long. A Just Learning spokesman told The Hunts Post that 10 companies had expressed an interest in taking over the nursery. If Ofsted gives it the go-ahead, it could open up under another operator in the summer.

INFORMATION: The Whistleblower programme will be shown on BBC3 on Wednesday, March 5 at 8pm. Just Learning will be posting a response on its website, www.justlearning.co.uk. Parents seeking childcare places should contact Opportunity Links on 0845 0454014 or visit www.opportunity-links.org.uk

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