As you know Little Angels prides itself on being at the heart of the local community, supporting parents/carers and putting its children first. So we are very excited and proud of our achievements following our recent Ofsted inspection grading, awarding us an overall “GOOD”.
Such an excellent report comes after Ofsted introduced a new inspection regime for Early Years in September 2012, raising the bar much higher and resulting in many settings being downgraded, which makes this achievement all the more impressive!
We achieved an outstanding for ”effectiveness of leadership and management”, and good for “meeting the needs of the range of children who attend” and “the well-being of the children”.
Pulling out the key points are difficult as there are so many of them, but here are just a few highlights (read the report for the full picture) :
Overall comments :
· The whole staff team have an inspirational shared ethos which places the child and the family at the heart of all that they do.
· The key-person system is highly effective, and staff build close, secure relationships with children and the parents, supporting their needs.
· Children benefit from strong planning and assessment methods which focus on children’s individual learning needs, particularly where children have additional needs.
· The manager and staff have exemplary partnerships with the local community which means they can provide consistent, coherent care for children.
The quality of the teaching is also emphasised :
· Children make very strong progress, and make rapid progress where the starting points are below that expected for their age group
· They organise a broad and balanced curriculum with a variety of interesting activities in each area of learning.
· Children can be very active, independent learners and are continuously engaged in purposeful play, with the time and space to extend their ideas and set their own challenges.
· Staff skillfully support children’s critical thinking.
· Very strong skills for future learning.
Children’s well being :
· staff are extremely considerate in listening to children and acting on their ideas
· children’s behaviour is very mature and considerate. Staff are clear about their expectations and talk with children about the nursery rules and how to manage feelings.
· They have a clear shared ethos, which inspires them to consistently do the best they can for children and build a solid foundation from which to grow.
Parental / carer relations :
· Parents have exemplary opportunities to be part of the nursery and build a very strong partnership with staff
· Parents comment on how much they appreciate staff’s expertise and openness, and state that they know they can talk to them at any time
· The staff team are very considerate of parents’ views and deal with any concerns in an open and empathic way
This very positive report is a culmination of over three years of hard work by the staff, without whose dedication and commitment this would not have been possible and of course the support of the parents/carers and wonderful children!