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Double Ofsted-Outstanding victory for Grasshoppers

Grasshoppers Ofsted Outstanding

There was cause for celebration at Grasshoppers Day Nursery in St Albans as proud parents and practitioners learnt that the setting had achieved Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ status for the second time running, following an inspection in February.  

An outcome achieved by only 14% of all English Early Years providers, the inspector praised the “exemplary” quality of teaching “across the whole staff team”, with staff described as “wonderful role models” who deliver a “highly effective and ambitious curriculum” to children who “demonstrate extremely high levels of interest, perseverance and deep engagement.”

In the report, the inspector credited children’s behaviour, interactions with staff and personal, social and emotional development as “excellent”, with relationships built between children and their key person observed as “exceptional” and credited for helping to form “incredibly strong bonds”, which in turn, “significantly raises children’s self-esteem and confidence”.

Support for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities was also commended, with the nursery manager and staff team praised for their commitment to providing the “best possible care and education to secure future success”, as well as “excellent opportunities” for parents to work alongside staff and opportunities to discuss progress and achievements.

Ofsted Inspector, Jo Rowley explained;

“The manager supports her staff team to implement a curriculum that focuses on individual children. It is planned, sequenced and securely embedded across all areas of learning. Children thrive in this welcoming, highly motivating and inclusive environment. They develop extremely positive attitudes to their play and learning.”

“Opportunities for children to learn outdoors are extremely good. They explore a superb range of resources, which enhances their physical development. Staff arrange outings, and introduce children to important members of their society, such as the elderly and librarians. They learn about foodbanks and practise eco-friendly ideas, such as walking to nursery. This helps to broaden children’s knowledge and experiences”, she added.

Grasshoppers Day Nursery Manager; Claire Greaves, who was praised by the inspector for leading her “extremely complimentary” team “exceptionally well” said;

“We are thrilled to announce that our nursery has once again received an Outstanding judgement from Ofsted. We are incredibly proud of this achievement, which reflects our commitment to creating a nurturing and stimulating environment where every child can flourish. We are hugely grateful to our nursery families for their support and our colleagues for their unwavering commitment to excellence, without them this would not be possible.”

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Hertford Barns declared Outstanding in first Ofsted inspection

Hertford Barns Outstanding

There was cause for celebration at Hertford Barns Day Nursery in Cole Green as proud parents and practitioners learnt that the setting had achieved Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ status, following their first inspection in December.

An outcome achieved by only 14% of all English Early Years providers, the inspector praised the “exceptionally skilled” team for creating an environment where children feel “safe, secure and comfortable” and “develop a strong sense of belonging”, helping them to “persevere when they find tasks difficult” and “feel a sense of pride in their accomplishments.”

 

In the report, the inspector highlighted that staff “give the highest priority to developing children’s communication and language skills” and help to “listen and enrich their experiences by introducing new vocabulary and repeating words”, the result of which “expands the language skills of all children, including those who are less verbal.”


Partnerships with families were admired by the inspector, who observed that “parents are overwhelmingly complimentary about the nursery” and “speak very highly of the relationships that staff build with their children”, as well as being offered free training sessions to “enhance children’s care and education”, alongside “frequent updates in a variety of ways to understand their child’s development and how to help them further”.

 

The inspector also credited the team for “actively encouraging children to care about the natural world”, with the nursery using the countryside surroundings to their advantage with initiatives including caring for lambs and growing vegetables, which were described as “very effective in supporting the children to gain an understanding of growth and cycles.”

 

Ofsted Inspector, Elke Rockey said;

 

“Staff place children’s needs at the centre of everything they do. Children demonstrate exceptional confidence, curiosity, and keenness to learn. The nurturing staff team plan and deliver a broad range of exciting and challenging experiences, which supports the children to thrive during their time at the nursery.”

 

“The dedicated manager works tirelessly to motivate the nursery team to ensure that children have the positive experience they deserve in their early years. The leadership team supports staff well-being to the highest level. Staff report that they are proud to work at the nursery and feel their work is valued. As a result, they are committed to giving children high-quality care and education”, she added.

 

Hertford Barns Day Nursery Manager, Jenny Pratt explained;


“We are absolutely over the moon to have received an Outstanding judgement in our first Ofsted inspection. Our team work tirelessly to achieve the best outcomes for our children and its incredible to have this acknowledged. We are lucky to have an incredible network of nursery families and we can’t thank them enough for all their support since our opening.”

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Highbury Lodge declared four times ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted

Highbury Lodge Ofsted Outstanding

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

An outcome achieved by only ten percent of all English Early Years providers, the inspector praised the “expert support” from devoted staff, who “make the most of every learning opportunity, even when these are spontaneous and unplanned”, adding that “children of all ages remain thoroughly engrossed in the motivating and interesting activities on offer”.

In the report, the inspector credited the emphasis on language development at the Highbury Road setting, noting “communication is at the heart of everything staff do”, with teams speaking “clearly and articulately” to children through “natural and instinctive” interactions, resulting in them progressing “rapidly” and “learning new vocabulary frequently”.

Relationships were also admired by the inspector, who observed, “the well-being of staff and the families who attend the setting is paramount to the dedicated leadership team”, who recognise the challenges being faced by both and “respond to these with immense compassion”, with added support for parents to build on children’s learning at home.

Ofsted inspector, Jenny Hardy observed;

“Children thrive at this welcoming nursery. They settle quickly, benefiting from the tailored settling-in process and calm surroundings that staff create for them. They form strong bonds with the whole staff team, demonstrating that they trust all staff who interact with them.”

“Leaders and managers are passionate about the nursery and have a clear vision for driving the nursery forwards even more. They network with other professionals and volunteer to participate in programmes to lead the way in the early years sector. Leaders are highly reflective and respond promptly to any concerns raised. They revisit organisational policies and procedures to ensure that they are as robust as possible and support the well-being of all children”, she added.

Highbury Lodge Day Nursery Manager, Kirsty Rose explained;

“We’re over the moon to have received this judgement from Ofsted once again. We are committed to providing the highest standard of early education and care and ensuring that each child’s unique needs are met in a fun and inclusive manner. We strive to foster a love of learning, helping our little ones develop essential skills and preparing them for the future.”

“None of this would have been possible without our incredible nursery families and children, who bring such joy and enthusiasm to the setting every day. Their limitless curiosity and infectious laughter inspire us to continue providing the best possible outcomes”, she added.

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Double Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ victory for Grasshoppers

Grasshoppers Aylesbury Ofsted Outstanding

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

An outcome achieved by only ten percent of all English Early Years providers, the inspector praised the “exceptional” quality of teaching and “incredibly ambitious curriculum” at the Wendover Road setting, delivered and designed by “awe inspiring role models” who work together with parents to ensure “all children make the best possible progress”.

In the report, the inspector credited the “highly skilled staff” for the “excellent, individualised support” provided to children with special educational needs and/or disabilities, as well as those who speak English as an additional language, with children’s development described as “outstanding” and a love for reading visibly “embedded throughout the nursery”.

Partnerships with families were also admired by the inspector, who observed, “parents truly appreciate the wonderful staff” and speak “very highly” of the positive impact they have on children’s learning and development, with families given detailed insight into the curriculum and tools for supporting progress at home, including free online parent masterclasses.

Ofsted inspector, Kelly Lane observed;

“Children receive an outstanding start to their education. Each child is recognised as a unique individual, and the manager and her team have the highest aspirations for them. Children separate with confidence from their parents and carers. They form strong attachments with their key person. As such, children thrive due to the care they receive. This helps them feel safe and secure in the care of the professional and dedicated staff.”

Grasshoppers Day Nursery Manager, Corinna Whitbread explained;

“We are thrilled to be named as Outstanding by Ofsted once again. This incredible recognition is a testament to the dedication of the team and the exceptional care they provide each and every day. This wouldn’t have been possible without the continued trust and support of our wonderful nursery families, and we feel honoured to play such a pivotal role in their Early Years journey.”  

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River View Day Nursery declared ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted once again

River View Day Nursery Outstanding Ofsted

There was cause for celebration at River View Day Nursery in Hertford as devoted practitioners and proud parents learnt that the setting had achieved Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ status once again, following an inspection in February. 

An outcome achieved by only 16 percent of all English Early Years providers, the inspector praised the staff team for their “complete dedication to providing the highest quality care and an inspiring learning environment”, as well as the “deep-rooted culture of respect among adults and children, which values and celebrates the uniqueness of every child.”

In the report, the inspector commended the “rich and meaningful curriculum” and “boundless opportunities” for children to lead with their own ideas, resulting in “exceptional progress in their personal development”, including children with special educational needs/disabilities.

Partnerships with families were admired as “exceptionally strong” by the inspector, who explained, “parents fully appreciate the outstanding individual care and attention their children receive to help them flourish and reach their potential”, with praise for initiatives including free parent training courses to support their understanding of child development.  

Ofsted inspector, Emily Woodhead observed;

“Children are at the heart of everything in this remarkable nursery. Children become deeply engaged in their learning environment. They separate from parents well as they arrive and very quickly become focused in their play. They show motivation to explore every corner of the exciting and interesting environment.”

River View Day Nursery Manager, Tasha Boon, who the inspector praised for ensuring “the quality of teaching remains at the highest level” whilst making her team feel “highly valued and appreciated” explained;

“We couldn’t be prouder to maintain our Outstanding rating by Ofsted. 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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Green Park Day Nursery declared ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted

Green Park Ofsted Outstanding

There was cause for celebration at Green Park Day Nursery in Reading as devoted practitioners and proud parents learnt that the setting had achieved Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ status, following an inspection in January.

An outcome achieved by only 16 percent of all English Early Years providers, the inspector praised the “rich experiences and purposeful staff interactions” on offer to the “exceptionally happy” children at the setting on South Oak Way, with practitioners commended for having “excellent knowledge and understanding of children’s interests”.

In the report, the inspector credited staff as being “exceptionally proficient in helping children gain knowledge across all areas of learning” and noted the “highly effective” strategies in place to help children with special educational needs and disabilities reach their potential.

Partnerships with families were admired as “extremely positive” by the inspector, who explained “parents state positively that settling in and transitions are smooth, staff are highly supportive and information for home learning and routines is valuable”, whilst “parents of children with SEND demonstrate their gratitude to the dedicated staff that support them.”

The inspector credited these relationships for helping to provide children with new cultural experiences, from parents visiting nursery to share stories and festival celebrations, to making bangles for Diwali and teaching traditional dances, adding “this helps children understand and have respect for different types of people, families and communities.”

Ofsted inspector, Aileen Finan observed;

“All children flourish at nursery. They benefit enormously from a curriculum that is delivered by enthusiastic and dedicated staff. This curriculum has a strong focus on children’s emotional well-being, building attachments, independence, confidence and awareness of feelings. It fully supports the ways in which all children are ready for the next stages of their learning. Children demonstrate that they are incredibly willing and motivated to learn.”

Green Park Day Nursery Manager, Emma Carmichael, who was described by the inspector as a “confident and very capable manager who leads her team extremely well and has an exemplary vision for future improvement”, explained;

“We are so thrilled to receive this outcome from Ofsted 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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Double Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ victory for Woodberry Day Nursery

Woodberry Ofsted Outstanding

There was cause for celebration at Woodberry Day Nursery in Winchmore Hill as proud parents and practitioners learnt that the setting had achieved Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ status for the second time running, following an inspection in December.

An outcome achieved by only 13 percent of all English Early Years providers, the inspector praised the “excellent opportunities” on offer to the “highly settled, happy and busy” children at the setting on Church Hill, which was described as a “harmonious” environment where pre-schoolers “demonstrate huge amounts of kindness towards others”.

In the report, the inspector credited the support for children with special educational needs and disabilities and praised the “exceptional partnerships” established with other professionals to further progress, including occupational health and speech therapists.

Partnerships with families were admired as “outstanding” by the inspector, who observed that “leaders place a huge focus on creating strong relationships” whilst parents are “extremely happy” with the care given and “comment that their children show high levels of compassion and kindness since starting at the nursery.”

The inspector also credited the “culturally rich and diverse learning environment” created by staff, including celebrations for cultural events to “celebrate each child’s uniqueness and to help them learn about their differences”, adding that “the atmosphere and curriculum successfully help children to develop high self-esteem and highly respectful attitudes.”

Ofsted inspector, Laura Rathbone observed;

“Leaders have a clear vision for continued excellence and place children at the heart of everything they do. They reflect on and evaluate their provision consistently. Leaders use staff’s extensive knowledge of children’s learning experiences and progress to identify ways to further improve and ensure that each individual child’s needs are met.”

“Leaders are genuinely passionate about the children, their families and the staff. This creates a nurturing, respectful atmosphere that is felt throughout the setting”, she added.

Woodberry Day Nursery Manager, Rosie O’Sullivan explained;

“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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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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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