It’s been a while since our last Ofsted report but we thought we’d highlight the truly excellent feedback received from Ofsted within that most recent report. After all, many parents will be interested to know what the independent UK body thinks of a nursery or childcare setting before committing their child to a place. This post should therefore be useful to parents/carers as a good, impartial view of the nursery, from totally independent professionals.
Good Early Years Provision – it’s official!
The most recent (2017) Ofsted report was full of positive comments from the inspectors — and nothing negative whatsoever. The provision was seen as good, in every single aspect of what we do at the setting. This should be very reassuring for parents. In short, the Ofsted inspector stated …
- • “The staff team have energy and are enthusiastic about children’s learning. They provide an inspiring range of resources … to motivate children’s learning.”
- • “Staff work closely with parents and confidently use the observation and assessment system in place to identify any gaps in children’s learning. This strong partnership working with parents contributes to children making good progress.”
- • “Staff place a strong focus on promoting children’s personal, social and emotional development. Children are supported well to be confident and independent learners.”
- • “Staff place a clear emphasis on building children’s communication and language skills [… and …] support children who speak English as an additional language well.”
- • “Keeping children safe is given good regard.”
The Ofsted Inspection
An Ofsted inspection is immersive and thorough — exactly as parents would hope. The inspector carefully observes the quality of teaching, assessing its impact on the children’s learning. She (in the case of the last report) speaks with staff, children and parents and takes consideration of their views. She also undertakes a joint observation of the setting, in action, with the nursery manager, additionally meeting with the deputy and area managers. Appropriate documents are checked, including those which evidence the suitability of staff employed at the nursery.
The inspector’s aim overall is to ensure the nursery’s childcare provision complies with the statutory framework for children’s learning, development and care (the ‘EYFS’). Leaps & Bounds passed with flying colours — on all counts!
Leaps & Bounds passed with flying colours — on all counts!
More detailed analysis from the Ofsted Report follows … [… READ MORE …]