Wisbech children's nursery has raised its game to good, say Ofsted
PUBLISHED: 17:51 02 January 2018
A children's day care nursery in Wisbech has raised itself up to get a good Ofsted rating by taking "immediate and effective action to address concerns" after it was last year told it needed to improve.
Ladybirds Day Nursery is now demonstrating a “strong commitment and capacity to improve further.”
The nursery was told in 2016 that leaders were not checking the quality of teaching closely enough and did not know how to support children when their home language was not English.
They were also not ensuring apprentices were fully aware of safeguarding responsibilities.
Now, however, inspector Gail Warnes, said: “The manager and her team are passionate and enthusiastic in their roles.
“There is a strong focus to help children develop good communication and language skills.
“Staff support children who speak English as an additional language well.
“They learn key words and phrases in their home language to help them to settle and support their understanding of English.”
Inspectors visited the Elm Road setting last month and found it has pulled itself up.
The previous inspection, in December 2016, reported that leaders were not checking the quality of teaching or the progress that children made closely enough.
It meant they did not have an accurate picture of how well different groups of children were being helped to learn and develop.
Now, inspired by training, “Staff have shared ideas and quickly brought about improvements.”
Children establish strong bonds with staff, children are confident to explore and talk to staff as they play and the environment is well planned to enable children to choose and freely access toys and resources.
“Inspector Warnes said of the setting, which has 50 places for children aged two to four: “The manager confidently and accurately analyses groups of childrens’ progress to help her to review the effectiveness of the nursery.
“Staff introduce age appropriate scientific experiments to inspire children’s natural urge to explore.
“The environment is well planned to enable children to choose and freely access toys and resources.”
The report said Ladybirds, which was first launched in 1995, but taken over by its current owner in 2011, is not yet outstanding because staff need to help children share ideas and join in fully.
Children also need to be inspired to channel their energy in purposeful activity in the outdoor area.