Second inspection of Chipping Sodbury nursery within eight months rates it as good

August 31 2017

A DAY nursery in Chipping Sodbury has been assessed as good by an Ofsted inspector - just eight months after it challenged a report that said it required improvement.

A DAY nursery in Chipping Sodbury has been assessed as good by an Ofsted inspector - just eight months after it challenged a report that said it required improvement.

Those running First Steps had been disappointed by the outcome of a visit by the education watchdog at the end of last year.

They had been told it had to improve, despite children making progress overall and reaching expected levels of achievement.

Although the challenge was not pursued by Ofsted, it decided to inspect the nursery in Hounds Road again in July.

Its report from that visit has now been published and the facility has been given an overall rating of good, with all four key areas assessed during the visit also said to be good.

The inspector, June Robinson, said: “Leaders and staff have made good improvements since the last inspection.

“Detailed action plans and guidance have supported staff well to provide children with a good level of challenge in play opportunities, based on their individual needs and interests.

“Children make good progress in their learning from their starting points.”

She said there were strong partnerships with parents and the staff were good role models for the children, who received “effective support to develop the skills they need for their future learning and the eventual move to school”. 

She also said the children’s early literacy skills were developing well, safeguarding was effective and staff were well qualified, with a good understanding of how children learned.

First Steps has been running since 2005 and prior to the 2016 inspection had been assessed in mid-2013, when it was also rated as good.