A nursery at West Cheshire College has had a ‘good’ report from Ofsted.
The Early Learning Academy at the college’s campus off Sutton Way, Ellesmere Port was said to be ‘satisfactory’, now ‘requires improvement’ at a previous inspection in 2013.
The nursery, which opened four years ago, has 87 youngsters on roll with 18 childcare staff.
It opens Monday to Friday all year round from 7.30am until 6pm.
During her visit inspector Jan Linsdell observed the quality of teaching during activities and assessed the effect this has on the children’s learning.
She also held a meeting with the manager among other aspects, considered records, including evidence of the suitability of staff working in the nursery and spoke to a small number of parents and took account of their views.
Describing the nursery as ‘good’ she says staff have made ‘vast improvements’ to the outdoor space. All areas of learning are well catered for and children thoroughly enjoy exploring outside which has a positive effect on their all-round learning and well-being.
Weekly sports coaching and Spanish lessons enhance the educational programme and broadens the youngsters’ learning experiences.
Staff work effectively with parents and involve them in their children’s learning in a variety of ways including a lending library which promotes reading at home.
Parents speak highly about the nursery and the staff who have set up a children’s committee so the youngsters are involved in making decisions including menus, activities and trips.
The inspector says managers successfully assess the quality of the nursery and take into account advice from the local authority and feedback from parents to help drive improvements.
Arrangements for safeguarding are effective and managers and staff understand their responsibilities to protect children and keep them safe.
A large proportion of the staff are well qualified and children’s learning is closely monitored.
The playrooms are bright and well organised and children benefit from effective teaching. Staff create a welcoming, caring and supportive atmosphere for the children.
Relationships between staff and children are strong and parents report that children constantly talk about the staff and love being at the nursery.
The children have fun and enjoy their play and learning and make good progress.
They behave well and show genuine care and concern for their friends.
The youngsters are well supported to gain the skills they need to be enthusiastic and successful learners, the inspector believes.
To improve further she made two suggestions about involving parents more fully when their children are joining the nursery and strengthening the links with other groups the children attend.