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Watford Nursery Celebrates ‘Good’ Ofsted Report – Press Release

A nursery that lies at the “heart of Watford” is celebrating a glowing Ofsted report after it praised leadership and commended the care given to babies.

Staff at the Boys & Girls Nursery, in central Watford, are celebrating their late Christmas present after the inspection results were published this week.

Following the October 7 inspection the nursery was graded as “good” – meaning “provision is strong” – in every category.

The published report comes just over a year since the Loates Lane nursery came under new management.

The report read: “Boys & Girls Nursery (Watford) is a friendly and welcoming environment where there are some efficient practices to ensure all children are valued and included.

“Children are safe and secure, they enjoy taking part in free play and focused activities including learning about the local community and the world around them.”

It praised the partnership with parents as a “key strength” of the setting and noted that the manager is “very well organised” and “along with the committed and knowledgeable team they regularly self-evaluate ensuring that priorities such as training needs are acted upon”.

The inspectors did, however, say the nursery’s outdoor area could be used more effectively.

It also challenged the nursery to develop planning to ensure learning is “effective, exciting, varied and progressive”, particularly when it comes to babies’ play needs and physical development.

The nursery, which is based in Central Hall in Loates Lane, currently has 69 children aged three months and above and under five years of age.

The setting has fifteen members of staff, including a cook and the owner, Natasha Kirby, who is also the manager.

Natasha, who took over the running of the nursery, together with her husband Jon, in December 2007, said: “It is really good news. A lot of hard work has gone into this.”

She added: “It is at the heart of Watford town centre and it is a busy little place.

“It has always been my dream to work in the children’s care industry and to own my own nursery and to the good Ofsted report just makes it even more worthwhile.”

Staff at the Boys & Girls Nursery, in central Watford, are celebrating their late Christmas present after the inspection results were published this week.

Following the October 7 inspection the nursery was graded as “good” – meaning “provision is strong” – in every category.

The published report comes just over a year since the Loates Lane nursery came under new management.

The report read: “Boys & Girls Nursery (Watford) is a friendly and welcoming environment where there are some efficient practices to ensure all children are valued and included.

“Children are safe and secure, they enjoy taking part in free play and focused activities including learning about the local community and the world around them.”

It praised the partnership with parents as a “key strength” of the setting and noted that the manager is “very well organised” and “along with the committed and knowledgeable team they regularly self-evaluate ensuring that priorities such as training needs are acted upon”.

The inspectors did, however, say the nursery’s outdoor area could be used more effectively.

It also challenged the nursery to develop planning to ensure learning is “effective, exciting, varied and progressive”, particularly when it comes to babies’ play needs and physical development.

The nursery, which is based in Central Hall in Loates Lane, currently has 69 children aged three months and above and under five years of age.

The setting has fifteen members of staff, including a cook and the owner, Natasha Kirby, who is also the manager.

Natasha, who took over the running of the nursery, together with her husband Jon, in December 2007, said: “It is really good news. A lot of hard work has gone into this.”

She added: “It is at the heart of Watford town centre and it is a busy little place.

“It has always been my dream to work in the children’s care industry and to own my own nursery and to the good Ofsted report just makes it even more worthwhile.”