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Windmill Hill Day Nursery declared ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted

Windmill Hill Ofsted Outstanding

There was cause for celebration at Windmill Hill Day Nursery in Swindon as proud parents and practitioners learnt that the setting had achieved Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ status, following an inspection in November.

A result achieved by only 16 percent of English Early Years providers, the Ofsted inspectors credited the staff team at the setting on Windmill Hill Business Park as “excellent role models” who “provide amazing experiences for children” and “plan the environment exceptionally” to capture interests and stimulate natural curiosity.

In the report, inspectors praised the setting’s “robust” key-person system and observed “all children, including those new to the setting, settle exceptionally well” as a result, whilst staff members build “strong relationships with children and families” in their care. The inspectors added “children arrive smiling and confidently join in activities in their rooms”.

The nursery’s focus on communication and language was also admired, as well as the range of techniques used to encourage this, including baby sign and gestures. Inspectors noted that “Children know staff value their views and opinions. All children, including those who are learning to speak English as an additional language, are becoming confident talkers.”

Ofsted inspectors, Verrity Simons and Anita McKelvey observed;

“The quality of education is brilliant. The staff know what children can do and what they need to learn next, including children with special educational needs and/or disabilities. The staff adapt their level of support to appropriately meet children’s needs, ensuring all children make excellent progress and feel success. Parents praise the support children receive and feel fully informed of their child’s day.”

Windmill Hill Day Nursery Manager, Lora Worthington explained;

“We are absolutely thrilled to be named as Outstanding by Ofsted and have our efforts recognised across the board. We are committed to providing each of our children with the best possible start in life and are so grateful for the support of our amazing nursery families.”

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Julia Durbin Day Nursery named as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted for third time

Julia Durbin Ofsted Outstanding

There was cause for celebration at Julia Durbin Day Nursery in Headington as proud parents and practitioners learnt that the setting had achieved Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ status for the third time running, following an inspection in October.

A result achieved by only 16 percent of English Early Years providers, the Ofsted inspectors praised the “skilled and knowledgeable” team at the setting on Roosevelt Drive for providing children with “exceptional care and learning experiences”, resulting in an environment where children make “excellent progress and enjoy sharing their achievements.”

In the report, inspectors credited the “wide range of interesting, hands-on learning experiences, which build on children’s natural curiosity as learners”, adding that “they build positive and lasting friendships with their peers as they progress through the nursery. They enjoy sharing resources and taking turns” and demonstrate this in their play.

The nursery’s school readiness programme was also admired, with inspectors noting that “the manager and staff build extremely close relationships with other settings and professionals”, sharing extensive information before the children move up to school and proceeding to check in at half term to ensure they are settling and progressing well.

Ofsted inspectors Lisa Robinson and Kelly Southern observed;

“All children are incredibly happy and settled at the nursery. Children build strong bonds with the staff and excellent relationships with their peers. They thrive in a happy, safe and nurturing environment. Staff are caring and nurturing towards the children. Children behave exceptionally well and develop positive attitudes to learning.”

Julia Durbin Day Nursery Manager, Emma Wallbridge, who was credited in the report for making her staff feel “valued and appreciated”, said;

“We are absolutely delighted to have received this outcome from Ofsted once again. The talent, skill and dedication of the team is matched by the incredible support of our nursery parents, which helps to create the best possible experience for the children. We are so passionate about what we do and are thrilled to have this recognised.”

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Highfield Day Nursery named as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted for fourth time

Highfield Day Nursery Ofsted Outstanding

There was cause for celebration at Highfield Day Nursery in Edgbaston as proud parents and practitioners learnt that the setting had achieved Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ status for the fourth time running, following an inspection in August.

A result achieved by only 16 percent of English Early Years providers, the Ofsted inspector praised staff at the setting on Highfield Road for creating “an inspiring and motivating environment for children to follow their interests”, where they “progress rapidly in their communication” and are “happy, secure and settle well with the help of their key persons”.

In the report, the inspector credited the key-person system as “exceptional”, adding that “staff have an abundance of knowledge about each individual child”, which allows them to “prosper in all areas of learning”, including those with English as an additional language.

Opportunities for physical development were also admired by the inspector, who observed a range of age-appropriate activities, as well as environmental initiatives and the promotion of healthy lifestyles through learning experiences such as growing herbs and vegetables.

Ofsted Inspector, Sophie Van Harten explained;

“Parents are ecstatic with the progress their children have made. They get frequent training, communication and support from members of staff. Parents receive vital information about their children’s learning and development. They report that the setting goes ‘above and beyond’ to get to know their children and their families.”

Highfield Day Nursery Manager, Natalie Hudson, whose leadership was described as “exemplary” in the report, said;

“We are very lucky to have such supportive parents who, like us, are committed to giving every child the best possible nursery experience. That is what makes this nursery Outstanding and we couldn’t be more delighted that Ofsted has recognised it again.”

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Lavenders Day Nursery named Outstanding by Ofsted for third time

Lavenders Ofsted Outstanding

There was cause for celebration at Lavenders Day Nursery in Bedford as proud parents and practitioners learnt that the setting had achieved Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ status for the third time running, following an inspection in August.

An outcome achieved by only 16 percent of all English Early Years providers, the Ofsted inspector praised the “excellent teaching skills” of staff at the setting on Bushmead Avenue, resulting in “exceptional progress” in learning and ensuring that “no child falls behind”.

In the report, the inspector credited the support for children with special educational needs and disability as “exemplary”, whilst adding “staff communicate exceptionally well with parents and other professionals to ensure that children’s needs are consistently met.”

Partnerships with families were further admired by the inspector, observing “parents speak exceptionally highly of the nursery” whilst “children are truly respected as unique individuals”.

Ofsted inspector, Kelly Eyre explained;

“Children thrive in this inspirational nursery. Staff are committed to the aims of promoting children’s confidence and independence. This shines through in the children and they show an amazing thirst for knowledge, competently exploring and determining their learning.”

Lavenders Day Nursery Manager, Dizzie Newberry said;

“We are thrilled to be named as Outstanding by Ofsted once again and are so proud of this achievement, which recognises our commitment to providing each and every one of our children with the best possible start in life and a smooth transition to mainstream schooling.”

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Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ victory for Crescent Day Nursery

Crescent Day Nursery Ofsted Outstanding

There was cause for celebration at Crescent Day Nursery in Edgbaston as proud parents and practitioners learnt that the setting had achieved Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ status.

A result achieved by only 16 percent of all English Early Years providers, the Ofsted inspector praised the “exceptional curriculum” and “thought-provoking, meaningful and imaginative activities for children” at the award-winning setting on Calthorpe Road.

In the report, the inspector credited the devoted staff team who “meticulously plan exciting activities to help children make excellent progress in all areas” as well as the “outstanding” support provided for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

The inspector also admired the “beneficial self-help skills” children are learning at the setting, adding “staff are successfully preparing them for school” with a tailored school readiness programme, which includes visits to local schools and designing their very own classroom.

Ofsted inspector, Nancy Hitchcock explained;

“Parents are delighted with the care that their children receive. They speak highly of the welcoming, friendly and attentive staff. They express how much their child has developed and particularly praise the healthy meals provided.”

Crescent Day Nursery Manager, Laura Whittingham, who the inspector applauded for creating “an environment that is welcoming, positive and child focused”, said;

“We are thrilled to be named as Outstanding by Ofsted following our very first inspection. We are hugely proud of this outcome and are so grateful to everyone who has supported us since our opening. We are very lucky to have such supportive parents who, like us, are committed to giving every child the best possible nursery experience.”

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Seabrook Day Nursery declared four times ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted

There was cause for celebration at Seabrook Day Nursery in Luton as proud parents and practitioners learnt that the setting had achieved Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ status for the fourth time running, following an inspection in April.

A result achieved by only 17 percent of all English Early Years providers, the Ofsted inspector praised the “high levels of independence and confidence” of children within their age-appropriate nursery rooms and commended the devoted Lewsey Road staff team for their “outstanding knowledge of child development”.

In the report, the inspector credited the skills of staff to “adapt the curriculum fluidly to capture children’s interest”, as well as ability to support children through the early identification of additional needs, with a range of strategies to suit each individual.

Partnerships with families were also admired by the inspector, who described parents as “very happy with the care and education children receive”, adding “they feel totally involved in their child’s learning journey”, also noting the support offered throughout the pandemic.

Ofsted Inspector, Lisa Smith explained;

“Children thrive in this outstanding setting. All children make rapid progress in all areas of their learning and development. From the moment children begin their journey, staff ensure all individual children’s needs are thoroughly met. Staff take time to get to know children and their families. They use this information effectively to ensure all children settle swiftly.”

Seabrook Day Nursery Manager, Emma Brodigan, who the inspector applauded as being an “excellent support” with a “clear understanding of the curriculum intent”, said;

“We are thrilled to be named as Outstanding by Ofsted once again. I am so proud of this achievement, which recognises our commitment to providing each and every one of our children with the best possible start in life and a smooth transition to mainstream schooling.”

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Windermere Day Nursery declared ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted again

There was cause for celebration at Windermere Day Nursery in Kettering as proud parents and practitioners learnt that the setting had achieved Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ status for the third time running, following an inspection in March.

Describing the Haweswater Road nursery’s curriculum as “highly effective” and children’s behaviour as “exemplary”, Ofsted inspectors commended the “exciting and stimulating opportunities” offered by dedicated teams, as well as the children’s “strong relationships with skilled staff, who know them exceptionally well as individuals”.

Partnerships with families were also praised by the inspectors, who observed that “parents are overwhelmingly positive about the nursery” and say they would “wholeheartedly recommend the nursery” due to factors such as detailed daily updates, children’s extensive experiences and parent support groups and courses including behaviour masterclasses.”

Ofsted Inspectors, Emily Lofts and Karen Siddons explained;

“Children are excited to come to this nursery. When they arrive, they race ahead of their parents as they rush to go inside. Four-year-old children shout ‘I can’t wait to see what we are doing today’. Young babies, who have just started at the nursery, settle very quickly.”

“Staff plan activities skilfully, using the information they gather about the experiences children have at home. They use every opportunity available to broaden the experiences children have”, they added.

Windermere Day Nursery Manager, Amy McCulloch explained;

“We are absolutely delighted to have received this outcome from Ofsted once again and have our efforts recognised across the board. We are committed to giving our children the best possible start in life and this is made possible with the support of our incredible network of nursery parents.”

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Cedars Day Nursery - Leighton Buzzard

We prioritise the importance of outdoor play at Cedars Day Nursery in Leighton Buzzard. All children at our Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ nursery have access to our large, natural garden area on a daily basis as we recognise the impact that being outdoors has on a child’s social, emotional and physical development. The children enjoy planting vegetables and tasting their produce, served by our dedicated Nursery Chef.

Cedars Day Nursery, Mentmore Rd, Leighton Buzzard LU7 2PA

Tel:  01525 850200

Email: cedars.nursery@childbase.com