Nursery challenges Ofsted report

December 22 2016

A DAY nursery in Chipping Sodbury is challenging the outcome of an inspection by education watchdog Ofsted.

A DAY nursery in Chipping Sodbury is challenging the outcome of an inspection by education watchdog Ofsted.

First Steps was told it required improvement, despite children making progress overall and reaching expected levels of achievement.

Ofsted inspector Victoria Nicolson said the nursery in Hounds Road had a number of strengths, including youngsters being settled and secure, well behaved and getting on well with the staff and their peers.

She said the nursery’s environment was warm and welcoming, staff were good role models for the children and there were good relationships between staff and the youngsters’ parents.

In her report, she said: “Overall, children make progress and reach expected levels of achievement for their ages.

“Children are confident and develop positive relationships, helping to prepare them for the next stage in their learning.”

But she said a weakness in teaching meant they did not consistently make the progress of which they were capable.

She also said: “The providers do not ensure staff clearly understand their responsibility to notify them of all of the changes to their personal circumstances that may affect their suitability to work with children.”

Her report said activities at the nursery, which is for children up to the age of five, were sometimes too “adult-directed”, said self-evaluation was not effective in identifying some key areas for improvement and youngsters were not consistently encouraged to be independent.

First Steps has been running for more than 11 years and was last inspected in mid-2013, when it was rated as good.