Nursery team given top marks by Ofsted
TOTS and staff at a Newquay nursery are celebrating after bagging top marks in an inspection by the Government's education watchdog.
Nurture Day Nursery and Pre-School at Eliot Gardens was labelled outstanding across all test categories following a visit by an Ofsted inspector on May 24.
The achievement is doubly impressive as Ofsted has just introduced stricter guidelines for its assessments.
Manager Tracey Nesbitt, who has run the nursery since December 2006, told the Cornish Guardian the success was down to the hard work of her team.
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"We've been working really hard to make sure we're up to date," she said.
"We're even working on the new government frameworks, which will be introduced in September.
"We currently have 12 staff and they're a real credit to the nursery.
"We're all really delighted; so are the parents and children, and the report picked up on the good manners and confidence of the children. We're very proud of this achievement"
The nursery currently looks after 65 children aged from 6 months to 4 years.
In her report, inspector Jayne Pascoe praised staff for the quality of their care and teaching, dedication to safety, leadership and management, and the pupils' enjoyment.
She wrote: "Overall the quality of provision is outstanding. Staff are effective in promoting inclusive practice and are highly successful in meeting the individual needs of the children attending.
"The nursery environment is exceptionally welcoming and well resourced. Exceptionally strong partnerships with parents, other providers and agencies successfully promote shared care, learning and development."
She said staff had an "excellent understanding" of child protection procedures and she was impressed that many held paediatric first aid certificates.
Ms Pascoe also praised the atmosphere at the nursery, adding: "Children and babies have formed exceptionally strong and positive relationships with others.
"They demonstrate a strong sense of belonging, make independent choices and are very confident.
"Staff have formed strong bonds with children and interact exceptionally well to encourage, support and meet their needs."
The only area of improvement highlighted was to "extend the range of resources which reflect the diversity of children and adults within and beyond the nursery".
Ms Pascoe wrote: "Overall … children have access to high-quality resources that support learning. However, these do not currently include visual aids to help extend how the nursery positively promotes an awareness of diversity."
However, she added: "The welcoming environment fully reflects children's backgrounds and that of the wider community.
"Children explore diversity through various cultural celebrations that are important to members of the group."
The nursery is holding a fun open day on July 15 from 2pm to 4pm. Ms Nesbitt said: "This will be a great opportunity for our parents to get together, a chance to say goodbye to the children leaving to start school and a chance for new prospective parents to come and look around."