A NURSERY which was found inadequate after a child was found choking on the premises is improving.

Ofsted inspectors found Kings Nursery in Blackburn was no longer inadequate but say it still requires improvement.

The nursery in the centre of town sacked a staff member last year when an 18-month-old boy was found gagging on the floor by his grandmother. A few weeks later Ofsted said the nursery had serious failings.

An updated report has now found improvements have been made but Ofsted said the nursery still needed to improve staff monitoring and to safeguard against hazards outdoors.

Chantelle de la Croix, Kings Nursery manager, said: “It is the sheer dedication and hard work of the staff which has resulted in a higher grading for Ofsted. Kings Nursery will continue to improve the childcare provision.”

Inspector Linda Shore said: “The staff work well together as a team and this helps to ensure there is a warm and welcoming environment. Consequent-ly, children are happy and secure.

"Management show a good drive towards improvement with robust action plans in place to ensure there are positive outcomes for children.”

However, she added: “Risk assessments do not fully recognise potential hazards in the outdoor area with regard to the security of the setting. Staff monitoring is not yet sufficiently robust to prevent inconsistencies.”