Northampton College Day Nursery ‘thrilled’ after earning Good rating from Ofsted

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Ofsted inspectors have given Northampton College Day Nursery a rating of ‘good’ for the quality of care it gives the children.

At a visit at the start of June an Ofsted inspector observed children at play in the nursery rooms and outside areas, spoke to children, parents and staff and looked at children’s the nursery’s records, policies and procedures.

The report, compiled this week after a visit from inspectors at the start of the month, praised the nursery for its professionalism.

Nursery manager Lynn Beighton said: “We’re thrilled to have received a ‘Good’ rating, it shows that the hard work we are putting in is being recognised and that we are meeting the needs of both the children and the parents.

“We have 32 children at the moment, aged between two and five years old and we help them to develop and learn. We try to be as flexible as possible and charge by the hour rather than by longer sessions, which means we can look after more children and parents pay the right amount.”

The report concluded: “Staff understood that young children become familiar with their environment through relating and communicating with others and engaging physically in their experiences. As a result, children develop secure foundations in their learning and development in readiness for school.

“Children’s personal, social and emotional development is given high priority across the nursery. As a result, children demonstrate that they feel safe and secure, which successfully develops their confidence and supports their emotional well-being.

“Staff form effective partnerships with parents and other professionals. This results in an integrated approach to children’s care, learning and development.

“Management and staff maintain a safe and secure environment for the children. They are knowledgeable about the signs of abuse and neglect and are fully aware of the reporting procedures in the event of a child protection concern.”

The report concluded that the nursery ranked as ‘Good’ for all of the following:

* How well the early years provision meets the needs of the range of children who attend

* The contribution of the early years provision to the well-being of children

* The effectiveness of the leadership and management of the early years provision