A mother whose son goes to Grasmere Nursery is defending the school after its poor Ofsted report.
Ewa Bartoszewska said the nursery in Icknield Way, Luton, is “fantastic” and her son Aleksander Byrne, four, who has Dravet Syndrome, receives brilliant care.
She decided to publicly praise the nursery after an anonymous parent raised concerns and highlighted its latest Ofsted report which said it ‘requires improvement’.
Ewa said: “I was astonished by the parent’s comments. My son is suffering from a life-limiting condition and we had searched and searched for a mainstream nursery for him to go to. The headteacher at Grasmere instantly gave us a warm welcome and had a ‘can do’ attitude.”
Aleks does not have a learning disability so he does suit a mainstream nursery but he cannot regulate his own body temperature and often has seizures so he has to be very well looked after.
Ewa said: “To look after Aleks you have to go through quite a few training courses. You have to be very precise and look out for signs of seizures. But at the same time he is a very capable little boy. I know it’s very hard for the staff because it’s hard for me. You couldn’t ask for nicer people than the staff who work there. There is no fear in them, it’s their confidence, it’s amazing, they know exactly what to do.”
It is important to Aleks’ parents that he goes to a mainstream nursery so he can have a ‘normal’ childhood and for them to have some respite.
Ewa said: “The staff at Grasmere are absolutely brilliant with Aleks. They even go with me to hospital when he has a seizure, it really is outstanding and Aleks really benefits from it.”