Phoenix Montessori Nursery in Terrington St Clement gets “outstanding” rating from Ofsted


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Phoenix Montessori Nursery in Terrington St Clement has once again been recognised as “outstanding” in all areas by Ofsted.

The nursery has matched its “outstanding” rating from its previous inspection in 2010.

The inspector praised the range of activities on offer for the children, who receive “a superb and highly beneficial early years experience”.

In her report, inspector Deborah Hunt said: “Throughout the nursery, children succeed and do very well. Adults skilfully deliver activities closely aligned to the Montessori ethos, which support their progress towards the early learning goals.

“The calm, peaceful ambiance throughout the nursery supports children’s emotional security and their disposition to learning, as they are able to concentrate and focus on the delightful, age-appropriate activities offered.

“Children’s breadth of experience is widened through extra activities offered, as they learn about different styles of dancing and other languages spoken. This opens their eyes to the rich diversity of the world around them.”

There is an emphasis on helping the children to become more independent, the inspector says.

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The report says: “Babies receive warm, interactive care as adults cuddle them closely to give them a bottle, hug them when they need reassurance and interact sensitively with them as they explore and take initial steps in their learning.

“Even the youngest children are encouraged to help and become independent. They learn that small tasks, such as washing up their beakers, can be fun as they splash in the water, chuckling at the bubbles that float up into the air around them.”

The nursery’s manager Charlene Matthews is praised for her “calm, focused approach”.

The report says: “The manager is a visible presence within the nursery and knows children and adults working with them well.

“Her calm, focused approach to ensuring high quality is maintained within the nursery means that children receive a superb and highly beneficial early years experience.”

Mrs Matthews, who has been manager for six years, said: “We are absolutely delighted. We are extremely proud of everyone involved. They have worked so hard to provide the best possible care to the children. This report recognises that.”

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