Dumbarton Goal Zone Out of School Care Center Faces Criticism in New Report

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YOUNG children were forced to eat their food standing or on their knees in the “extremely cold” foyer of a day care center building, a report by the regulator revealed.

Goal Zone Out of School Care, located in the Vale of Leven Industrial Unit, was rated “poor” for its quality of care and support for children, the environment and its staffing.

Concerns highlighted in the Care Inspectorate’s report include the lack of outdoor play facilities for children as the play area is deemed unsafe, how cold the building is and the lack of toys/equipment provided.

The report said that “it was extremely cold inside the building, particularly in the foyer and football pitch.” It added: “This meant that some of the kids didn’t take off their jackets while visiting the club.”

It is also mentioned that in the art room there is a portable heater with no protective grille and cords accessible to the children.

During snack times, the children ate at a table in the building’s foyer but were forced to kneel or stand “due to the inappropriate table height and lack of suitable chairs.”

It was pointed out that children have not been able to play outside for some time because “the building [is] decays and becomes unsafe for children”.

By the end of this month, the daycare was ordered to improve its measures to prevent and control Covid-19 infection.

They are recommended to provide the appropriate facility and promote healthy eating to improve children’s snacking experience.

And by July, the facility must upgrade indoor heating systems and implement outdoor improvement procedures to ensure the children get fresh air every day.

The care inspector also revealed that from January 2016 to November 2017, on three separate visits, the facility did not score above a “reasonable” grade for the quality of the staff, the environment and their care and support.

Jenna Law, Manager at Goal Zone Out of School Care said: “Our center is under new management and our recent inspection was found to be weak, which often comes with a change in structure. This does not reflect our previous inspections in our 11 years of operation.

“We have already addressed and addressed the issues raised by the Care Commission that day and are confident that our next inspection will significantly improve our rating.”

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