York nursery ‘requires improvement’ says Ofsted
A York nursery ‘requires improvement’ according to Ofsted, if children are to make consistently good progress.
Inspectors visited the Happy Jays Nursery on Audax Close on 26 April, and published their report last week.
Happy Jays has 48 children between the ages of 0 and 4 and employs five childcare staff.
Ofsted found many positives. Children arrive happily at the nursery and are greeted by warm, kind and caring staff.
“Pre-school children demonstrate a positive attitude to learning and develop the attitudes and skills they need for their move on to school,” the report says.
“However, the quality of teaching is not consistently strong across the nursery. Children in the Tweenie room do not consistently benefit from high-quality staff interactions. Occasionally, they struggle to find something to do.
“Staff do not always re-direct them when they fail to be enthused by the experiences on offer. Some children spend periods of time not as engaged as they could be.
“This means that, although those children make some progress in their learning, they do not make consistently good progress.”
Inspectors also found there were “too many demands on the manager’s time” leaving her unable to “assess the impact of the induction process for new staff and the support provided for less-experienced members of staff”.
Other positives included the children’s good behaviour and communication skills, staff’s nurturing approach, and their positive relationship with parents.
The full Ofsted ratings were:
- Overall effectiveness – Requires improvement
- The quality of education – Requires improvement
- Behaviour and attitudes – Good
- Personal development – Requires improvement
- Leadership and management – Requires improvement
You can read the full report below.