Nursery staff celebrate ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating

Staff and children at Springfields Day Nursery celebrate the 'outstanding' Ofsted rating Picture: SP

Staff and children at Springfields Day Nursery celebrate the 'outstanding' Ofsted rating Picture: SPRINGFIELDS DAY NURSERY - Credit: Archant

Staff at a nursery near Sudbury were praised by inspectors for providing children with “copious amounts of genuine care and affection” in a glowing Ofsted report.

Staff at Springfields Day Nursery in Great Cornard are celebrating an 'outstanding' rating from Ofst

Staff at Springfields Day Nursery in Great Cornard are celebrating an 'outstanding' rating from Ofsted Picture: SPRINGFIELDS DAY NURSERY - Credit: Archant

Springfields Day Nursery, which is based at Wells Halls Road in Great Cornard, received an ‘outstanding’ rating from the education watchdog just two years since opening.

The nursery’s effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, personal development, behaviour and welfare, and outcomes for children were all rated outstanding following the inspection last month.

The report said: “Staff provide children with copious amounts of genuine care and affection. This helps babies and children to form exceptionally strong bonds with their key person and settle with ease.

“Staff have very high expectations of what children can achieve and see every moment as a potential learning opportunity. They make the very best use of chances to enhance children’s existing knowledge and skills.”


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The outdoor environment at the nursery was also highlighted as a “superb” learning resource for children.

“The provision for children who prefer to play and learn outdoors is superb,” the report said.

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“The outdoor environment is richly resourced with an array of toys and equipment which helps children to refine their excellent skills in balancing, climbing, throwing and catching.”

Amy Jacobs, managing director of the nursery, said: “We’re ecstatic, it’s all down to the team of staff.

“We’ve only been open two years, nearly to the day, so it’s quite an achievement to get this result in our first Ofsted inspection.”

Children at the nursery were also found to make “excellent progress” in their communication in readiness for school.

The report added: “Children make particularly rapid gains in their communication and language development.

“They readily initiate conversation and make very confident use of their growing vocabulary.”

Ofsted highlighted building on the already high-quality partnership working with local schools to make further improvements.

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