It is with great delight that I am able to announce our good news - we have recently received an OUTSTANDING Ofsted inspection - meeting ALL of the criteria for ‘Outstanding’ across ALL aspects of our provision; ALL areas of our provision were judged to be ‘Outstanding’ and received a grade 1.
Historically we have changed, adapted and grown in the direction of the need of the families we serve. Even from the very beginning, back in 1966, we existed primarily as a mother toddler group, which was a small group that was established and nurtured by a group of local mothers. Being responsive to the needs of our families is the key to our success! Over the past 50 years our rather ‘organic’ approach to developing our service has been successful in allowing us to flourish.
Over recent years we have managed to raise over £65000 in grants, all of which has been invested into providing a nursery that Ofsted have recently officially recorded as being exemplary and judged to be ‘outstanding’ across the board and in all aspects of our provision. We currently serve a cohort of children and families whose level of need are significantly greater than you would expect in the average nursery and this is not unusual given the fact that we are located in one of the top twenty most deprived areas in the country. Furthermore, within our cluster of Early Years settings we accommodate the highest number of children who are in receipt of a funded two-year-old place, which are reserved for those children presenting with needs that place them at a significant disadvantage for a range of different reasons. We believe that children’s success cannot supersede the quality of support available and it is for this reason we are extremely delighted that we can offer our Outstanding service and facilities to children who most need it. We are a community asset and so belong to the community, although our success draws in children and their families from further afield.
One of the underlying outcomes from our latest Outstanding Ofsted Inspection Report was the ability to reduce gaps in children’s learning and development, particularly for those children with Special Educational Needs – all of our children are making exceptional progress! We are only able to be so successful in this through our partnerships with parents and carers, all of whom are fully involved with their children’s learning and actively participate in their development at home. Our partnership with other professionals and agencies were judged to be highly effective in providing for children's needs.
The Inspector reported specifically on the children’s behaviour, describing their behaviour to be ‘excellent’! We couldn’t be more proud of the achievements each and every one of our children has made; we could not have received an Outstanding Ofsted Inspection without having Outstanding children.
My personal favourite and part of the report that I find to be most poignant:
“The manager and all staff demonstrate inspiring enthusiasm in their work with children. The capacity for continuous improvement is excellent, due to the manager’s outstanding organisation, leadership and vision, along with strong support from the staff and committee.” (Ofsted, 7th February 2013)
I sincerely hope that you enjoy reading the Ofsted Inspection report in full, which you can access via the link provided on our home page.
Once again, well done and huge congratulations to all children, parents, carers, wonderful practitioners and Committee Members. Thank you to you all for your continued support.