Nursery is outstanding, says education watchdog

September 05 2019
Nursery is outstanding, says education watchdog

AN Ofsted inspection has found a nursery in Iron Acton to be outstanding in all areas.

Tiddlypeeps nursery, which takes babies and children up to 4 years old, has 40 places available for each session and currently has 98 children on roll.

The education watchdog visited the nursery, which was rated good at its last inspection three years ago, in July and its new report has upgraded Tidddlypeeps to the highest possible rating.

Inspector Kelly Sunderland found the setting to be a "highly stimulating learning environment" with an "inspirational" owner and manager and an "awe-inspiring" approach to including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

She said the nursery had an "exceptionally inclusive culture".

Tiddlypeeps’ manager Sammie O’Neil said: “As a new manager, it was my main aim for the teams to be recognised for their amazing work and the partnerships that they have with both the children and their families. Without my team I wouldn't be able to open day-to-day and I am forever grateful of their continual hard work.”

Ofsted examined four areas: effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching learning and assessment, personal development behaviour and welfare, and outcomes for children.

The report said: "Staff have an excellent knowledge of how to support children’s learning and progress. Staff encourage older children’s imaginative play and mathematical learning exceptionally well.

Both younger and older children show excellent independence skills. For instance, young children peel their own fruit. Older children show extreme confidence as they choose and cut fruit at snack time. Also, during a cooking activity, children weigh and measure ingredients and crack eggs with minimal help from staff.”

It was noted that children also take part in regular yoga sessions, which encourages good mental health. Other practices that were singled out included mirrors that have been lowered so that all children can use them, and babies being seated at the same height at mealtimes to encourage social interaction.

All the children, including those who have English as an additional language or SEND, were found to make "exceptional progress" in their learning.

The report concluded that the only area needing improvement was tracking, to gain a clearer idea of the progress children are making.