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.”
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