Three nurseries in Northampton rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted

Little Fishes Pre-school in thorplands has been rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted for the second time NNL-150113-145947001
Little Fishes Pre-school in thorplands has been rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted for the second time NNL-150113-145947001

Three nurseries in Northampton have all been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted after recent inspections.

Staff and children at Little Fishes Pre-School in Thorplands, Bellinge Community Pre-school and St Mary’s Day Nursery in Far Cotton are all celebrating after they achieved the highest possible Ofsted rating.

Little Fishes was rated ‘outstanding’ in all three inspection categories following a visit in December. It is the second time in a row the nursery has been rated ‘outstanding’.

The report states the pre-school, which received a ministerial visit last week to announce £200,000 of extra funding for disadvantaged three and four-year-olds in Northamptonshire, works in a “highly efficient manner”.

It states: “All staff demonstrate excellent teaching skills. Their interaction during children’s activities significantly contributes to children becoming fully engaged and thoroughly enjoying their chosen activity.”

Barbara Jones, manager of Little Fishes, said she had a “very good team of workers who were all passionate about helping children to reach their potential.”

She said; “Children feel secure here as we have a settled routine every day. We have expertise in special needs support and I am part of mentoring programme that helps provide support for other nurseries in the town.”

Bellinge Community Pre-school was also rated ‘outstanding’ in all Ofsted inspection areas following a visit in December.

The report states: “Children’s development in communication and language is continually promoted exceptionally well by staff as part of the daily routines and activities.

“They talk to the children during their play and children are surrounded by interesting displays that prompt conversation and discussions.”

St Mary’s Day Nursery in Far Cotton, Northampton, has also been rated ‘outstanding’.

The report states: “The quality of the staff’s teaching is based on their extremely good knowledge of how young children learn and develop. This supports children to make excellent progress given their starting points and capabilities.”