A SOUTH Derbyshire day nursery has impressed education inspectors when they paid a visit.
The Carlton Private Day Nursery, in Witham Road, Hilton, was scored as ‘good’ in all areas when inspector Justine Ellaway, of the Government’s education watchdog Ofsted, visited last month.
In the report, which has just been published, Ms Ellaway praised staff who have a ‘very good understanding’ of how to support the children while promoting their independence.
She said: “Staff are effective in their interactions with children throughout the nursery in supporting their learning and development.
“As a result, children make good progress towards the early learning goals.
“Children’s independence is very effectively encouraged, at all ages.
“Staff who work with younger children provide reassurance when needed, particularly for children who are new.”
During the inspection Ms Ellaway observed activities in the playroom with the manager, spoke to staff, looked at children’s learning records and spoke to parents.
The nursery, which received the same grade in its last inspection in April, was also praised for its leadership and the relationship staff formed with children.
Ms Ellaway said children form ‘secure attachments’ with adults who also have a ‘good working relationship’ with each other.
She said: “The routines of the day are well managed so that children quickly move from one thing to another and there is no impact on their enjoyment.
“Staff observe children to quickly identify their interests and preferences to support their settling-in.”
The nursery’s leadership was ‘sound’ and the nursery’s manager demonstrated a ‘strong commitment’ to improvement, Ms Ellaway said.
She said: “The manager undertakes regular supervision of staff performance, which gives her a good indication of any support or training needs staff may have.
“The manager also undertakes regular random checks of staff planning and children’s learning journals.”
The nursery is not outstanding because staff have not ‘fully explored’ ways to encourage parents and carers to share information about their child’s learning and development, Ms Ellaway said.
She added that the provision of resources and activities for children to explore the natural world are ‘not maximised’.