A Hither Green nursery has disputed an ‘inadequate’ Ofsted rating as it vows to appeal the decision.

Terry Gill, director of Manor House Day Care, thanked parents whose kids attend the nursery for their “overwhelming” support against a “disagreeable” rating.

The nursery in Manor House Library on Old Road, which had its first inspection in June, was found to be below par in its safeguarding of children.

According to the report: “The manager and staff do not give children's safety and risk assessment high enough priority.”

The inspector points out “insufficient” plastic fencing which separates the children’s play area from a public park as well as other “weak security arrangements.”

Development of children who attend the nursery was found to require improvement as a result of “variable” teaching levels.

The report stated: “Older children have less-interesting and less-inspiring activities, particularly outdoors, and are not challenged to make the best possible progress.”

In contrast, the younger children were found to have “more stimulating and exciting experiences.”

One of the main issues outlined in the report was a lack of space for children to play: “The children in the nursery not having sufficient space to play comfortably has a significant impact on children's safety and well-being.”

Overall, the report concluded some children were not able to make full progress due to “inconsistencies in teaching” and the way some activities are planned.

Despite the safeguarding and teaching concerns raised by the inspector, the report notes how several parents “consistently express high levels of satisfaction.”

Relationships between the staff at the nursery and parents are also praised as “well established.”

Mr Gill has also hailed support from parents as Manor House awaits the outcome of the appeal.

In a statement, he said: "Whilst we cannot comment on the content of the report due to the ongoing appeal process, there is much we find disagreeable.

“We would also like to state on record that we are completely humbled and overwhelmed by the support of our parents and carers - many of whom have enquired about assisting in the appeal process."