Inspectors full of praise for children’s nursery
10:00am Tuesday 5th March 2013 in News
INSPECTORS have judged a nursery in Walcot as outstanding.
The Co-operative Childcare, in Shrewsbury Road, was praised for having knowledgeable colleagues, an extensive range of resources, activities that challenge and develop children’s learning and strong links with parents.
Manager Bev Badminton said everyone at the nursery was delighted with the result.
“It is fantastic that our commitment to providing quality early years education and childcare has been recognised in this way,” she said.
“It is very much a team effort and our skilled and dedicated professionals work hard to give the children the best opportunities to learn and develop in a happy, caring and stimulating environment.
“The news has created lots of interest and increased enquiries for places. I would advise any parents who are thinking of sending their children here not to leave it too late before they put their names down.”
The Ofsted report said colleagues have an excellent knowledge of developing individual children’s learning abilities through daily assessments, which they use to plan inspiring activities that fit the specific child’s learning needs.
Inspectors said: “In this high-quality purpose-built environment, all children are provided with an excellent range of outdoor play-based activities, which fully support their individual development and learning needs.
“Extensive efforts are made to provide flexible activities that respect children’s choices and their cultural and family needs. The well-balanced care and educational programme supports children very well.”
Inspectors also said the nursery supports healthy lifestyles through child-centred sleep, eating, care and play routines and that colleagues had also worked hard to develop exceptional relationships with parents.
Inspectors said: “Most overwhelmingly, parents and staff have excellent partnerships that encourage parents to contribute to their children’s learning in significant ways.
“Parents regularly share family news and provide photographs of family outings so that staff, particularly children’s key workers, can develop children’s home achievements in planned activities.”
The Co-operative Childcare operates 49 nurseries and two after school clubs around the country, delivering early years care and learning in a safe and stimulating environment.