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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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Village nursery ‘outstanding’ say Ofsted inspectors

STAFF, parents, children and volunteers at Gosforth Nursery are celebrating after government inspectors gave it a glowing report.

The overall quality and standards of the nursery has been judged as outstanding following a recent inspection, an improvement on the good judgement it was given at its last Ofsted three years ago.

In a breakdown, inspectors say the nursery is outstanding in all the areas it looked at – leadership and management, contribution towards children’s well-being, and how it meets the needs of its children.

Only around 12 per cent of nurseries nationally are ranked as outstanding.

Manager Gillian Jackson said: “We are delighted with the outcome, which gives us formal recognition of the commitment and passion that the whole of the team here at the nursery have for the work they do.

“I am particularly proud that our inclusive approach has been recognised as we have always strived to ensure that all children are welcome in our setting.

“This outcome does not mean we will be resting on our laurels – we already have plans to improve the opportunities available to children and families accessing our services.”

Inspector Charlotte Bowe said: “The quality of teaching is outstanding, the staff are well qualified and have an excellent understanding of how children learn and develop.

“Learning opportunities are rich, varied, imaginative and challenge children to learn and develop across all areas. As a result, children are highly motivated to learn.”

Noting that the staff have a “wealth of experience”, Ms Bowe added: “The manager and her team are truly inspirational and passionate about the work they do.

“They bring together their individual strengths to create a diverse and dynamic team who work extremely well together.

“They aspire to develop their setting through the highly effective evaluations and enhancements that they make which have a positive impact upon children’s care and learning.”

Relationships with parents were also described as “first class”.

The inspector made one suggestion for future improvement: to enhance the “already excellent” opportunities for babies to explore its “wonderful” outdoor space.

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