When looking for a nursery for your little one there are lots of different things to consider and at the top of that list should be the nursery’s Ofsted report, do you really know what these reports mean ? Ofsted regulate all Nurseries throughout the UK to ensure consistent standards are maintained and children’s needs are being met. Ofsted inspect Nurseries in regular inspection cycles to ensure standards are high and to advise and enforce improvement. More information can be found by visiting www.ofsted.gov.uk
During an inspection the inspector will spend as much time as possible observing children and staff to understand the way the nursery staff relate to children and how well they care for children to help them to make progress in their learning. During their time at the nursery the inspector will check a sample of relevant documents as well as the premises and equipment.
The inspector will also spend some time talking to parents to establish how well the nursery works in partnership with parents in support of children’s learning and development. They will then use all of this evidence and any other information available to make their professional judgements then publish an inspection report.
After the inspection the inspector will judge the overall quality and standards of the early years provision, taking into account three key judgements in their reporting:
• how well the early years provision meets the needs of the range of children who attend
• the contribution of the early years provision to children’s well-being
• the leadership and management of the early years provision
These will then be graded using the following descriptors:
Outstanding – Outstanding provision is highly effective in meeting the needs of all children exceptionally well. This ensures that children are very well prepared for the next stage of their learning.
Good – Good provision is effective in delivering provision that meets the needs of all children well. This ensures children are ready for the next stage of their learning.
Requires improvement – The provision is not giving children a good standard of early years education and/or there are minor breaches of the safeguarding and welfare requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage. It will be monitored and inspected within twelve months of the date of this inspection.
Inadequate – Provision that is inadequate requires significant improvement and/or enforcement action. The provision is failing to give children an acceptable standard of early years education and/or is not meeting the safeguarding and welfare requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage. It will be monitored and inspected again within six months of the date of this inspection.
We’re really proud of our nurseries and our inspection reports reflect this, we have actioned all the recommendations made by Ofsted to ensure your little ones are learning and playing in the best environment possible.
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