A York nursery with caring staff who have ‘worked tirelessly’ to improve outcomes for their children has received a glowing Ofsted report.
Happy Jays Nursery, on Audax Close, Clifton Moor offers ‘exciting storytelling’, ‘stimulating activities’ and ‘exemplary teaching moments’, inspectors said.
They have rated Happy Jays ‘Good’ in all areas.
“The manager has a positive attitude to improving the nursery. Since the nursery’s last inspection, leaders and staff have worked tirelessly to improve the outcomes of children’s learning and development,” inspectors say.
“The manager has created a strong team of staff who are enthusiastic and capable of providing exciting and stimulating activities for children to build on what they already know and can do.”
“Caring staff” know their children well and “offer praise and encouragement, which promotes children’s self-esteem and resilience”.
“Children benefit from a curriculum that teaches them the skills and knowledge that they will need as they grow and develop,” the report says.
And they benefit “from healthy and nutritious meals that are made with fresh ingredients at the nursery”.
‘Worked so hard’
The only area singled out for improvement is to “introduce new and interesting words consistently to extend children’s language and vocabulary skills even further”.
It is an impressive turnaround, as the nursery was rated ‘inadequate’ at its previous inspection in December.
Nursery manager Deni Popplewell said: “We are absolutely delighted to have achieved a Good grading from Ofsted in our recent inspection.
“The whole team have worked so hard to achieve this, along with our consultant Laura Henry. We have reviewed and updated the internal and external play and learning spaces.
“We continue to develop our practice and have just recruited a group curriculum lead and also a group SEN lead to support all of our SENDCos.
“We are able to offer both term time and full year spaces.”
You can read the full report here.
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