Little Learners is pleased to announce that,  under the new, more robust Ofsted procedures, Little Learners Day Nursery has been graded as ‘Good’, with only two very minor areas of improvement needed to be deemed as an ‘Oustanding’ nursery. To download the full Ofsted report click here.

In summary of the visit, Ofsted Inspector Ms Phillips said:

“The actions and recommendations (since the January 2014 inspection) have been fully met, which confirms the nursery’s passion and enthusiasm to provide high quality childcare and education.”

“Staff are keen, dedicated and focused to improve. This shows their ambition and a clear drive for improvement in the continual pursuit of excellence.”

Becky Andrew, Nursery Manager said:

“We’re really pleased with the outcome of the latest visit. It’s great that Ofsted, under the new inspection critieria, has recognised our programmes and intiatives as contributing to the children’s learning and development, as well as providing a fun and safe environment. We’re committed to achieving that ‘Outstanding’ status and will continue to improve wherever we can.

“The relationship with parents and has really contibuted to our ongoing improvements, the team and I would like to thank parents for their support and continued feedback.”

Key findings included:

  • Staff know and understand how children learn. They place children’s interests and learning needs at the heart of their activity plans, personalising learning and adapting plans to suit individual needs.
  • The variety of activities for babies and children are exciting, stimulating and challenging. Children are busy, well occupied and fully engaged and because of this their behaviour is exemplary.
  • Children are very well supported to develop their speech, language and listening skills.
  • Safeguarding is highlighted as a regular agenda item for discussion, contributing towards the many ways that staff keep children safe and well.
  • Staff have exceptionally strong partnerships with parents. The nursery recognises collaboration supports the children’s progression.
  • There are excellent arrangements in place to help the children who are leaving the nursery to go to school.

The two minor areas for improvement, which have already been actioned, were:

  • Opportunities for children to recognise their full names in preparation for school;
  • Storing dummies when children do not need them.