Nottingham Day Nursery rated ‘one of the best’ in the country
Cheers and laughter spread like a ‘Mexican wave’ through Edwalton Day Nursery as it was named one of the best early learning centres in the country.
Karen Creighton, Manager of the day nursery inMelton Road, Edwalton, said the announcement, following a surprise Ofsted inspection, was met with tears and group hugging. Only 12 per cent of English Early Years Providers achieve the top 'Outstanding' rating.
"The inspector was smiling as she left because as each room got the news, the staff and children erupted with cheering and laughter. I think some of the children thought it was a game but it was a wonderful, fun-filled, moment for us all," she said adding that the push for further improvement would continue in spite of the top ratings achieved in every category.
The inspector described indoor and outdoor play areas as rich, vibrant, safe, and well-resourced environments; praised staff for their commitment to continuous improvement and said the nursery demonstrated exceptional practice that was an example to others.
"Staff have an excellent knowledge of how children learn, and provide a rich, varied and imaginative education programme with precise assessment and planning for individual children. As a result, children benefit from high quality learning experiences," said the inspector.
But for Karen Creighton the best news came with the inspector's recognition of the "Excellent partnerships with parents, carers and other professionals" which ensure that "children make very rapid progress in their learning and development".
"Parents and staff working together over many years have made this nursery outstanding. That Ofsted has recognised it is the icing on the cake," she said, praising her team for their unfailing dedication to the children in their care.
Pictured (L-R)Tara Bradbury, Deputy Manager, Karen Creighton, Manager, and Edwalton children, Libby Aplin (4) Oliver Bevan (4) Chloe Markham (3) Mohamid Arib Zaib (3) and Oliver Steeples (3).