Toothill nursery rated 'Good' by Ofsted

By Barrie Hudson - 27 July 2023

Pre-school & ChildcareEducation

Ofsted inspectors have delivered a clean sweep of 'Good' ratings for Toothill private nursery Curious Learners Childcare.

The overall rating included 'Good' assessments for quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development and leadership and management.
The inspectors said in their report: "Children enter the nursery with confidence and readily approach staff to share their news, showing they feel safe and secure. 
"Even the youngest and newest children settle quickly with their special adult, who knows their routines and individual needs very well. 
"Children eagerly join in with the activities and concentrate well, showing a positive attitude towards their learning. Younger children learn mathematical language from staff, such as 'big', 'small' and 'full'. Older children name shapes, such as 'hexagon', count objects confidently, solve simple addition and recognise numerals. 
"The manager has a clear intent for the curriculum. She knows what knowledge and skills she wants the children to learn to prepare them for their moves through the nursery and on to school. 
"Any possible gaps in learning are identified quickly and additional support put in place to help children catch up. All children, including children who speak English as an additional language and children who receive additional funding, make good progress from their starting points. 
"Additional funding is used well to help close any gaps in learning and children catch up, particularly with their social skills and communication and language. Children develop good levels of independence." 
Turning to safeguarding, the inspectors noted: "The arrangements for safeguarding are effective. The manager and staff have a thorough knowledge of child protection and safeguarding issues. 
"Staff are confident in their knowledge of who they can contact when they have safeguarding concerns about children or their colleagues. The manager keeps detailed records and attends meetings to monitor any concerns about children's welfare.
"Recruitment procedures are robust and help ensure that adults caring for children are suitable to do so. The manager checks staff's ongoing suitability. 
"Staff check the premises daily to minimise risks to children's safety and make sure that the youngest children are in safe spaces and well supervised."

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