Nursery improves to be rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted
PUBLISHED: 13:30 16 June 2015
A WESTON nursery has been working hard for the past year to improve its rating from requiring improvement to good and its leader said she is ‘overwhelmed’ by the praise in its latest inspection.
Ready, Steady, Go Nursery in Mendip Avenue was inspected by education watchdog Ofsted on May 23 and the latest report has just been published.
The report found the nursery has improved to good and says: “Children develop strong bonds with a key member of staff. This helps them to settle quickly at the nursery and develop the confidence to engage with others and participate in the range of activities on offer.”
The nursery’s leader Helen Dunton said: “It was quite an overwhelming day.
“We have been working hard. North Somerset Council has been helping us all year around.
“We concentrated on the children’s key workers and a buddy system if their key worker is away.
“It helps the children feel settled and secure which then enables them to go off and explore the nursery and build bonds with other children and adults.
“It also helps the parents; it’s nice for them to know they have a person they like every day. It helps with the separation anxiety.”
The nursery, which has 45 children enrolled, was also praised for its use of outdoor space.
Ms Dunton said: “We have got stepping stones, a little climbing frame with a slide, an outside play kitchen area and we are really lucky we have got access to Mendip Green field so we can go out and play ball games. We are really lucky with our outside space. When it’s nice weather we can just open it all up.”
The report said to improve further the nursery needed to improve communication and find ways to encourage parents to share information about their child’s learning at home.
But the report praised its staff development and says: “The leadership team highly value training opportunities and inspire the staff to continuously update their knowledge and explore new ideas and activities.”