The Nursery, Portishead’s newest childcare setting, rated Outstanding by Ofsted – in less than a year.

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After less than 50 weeks of being in business, The Nursery, Portishead’s newest childcare setting, is rated Outstanding by Ofsted - the highest commendation possible from the government regulator.

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Just off Portishead High Street, The Nursery has 96 children on it’s roll and takes babies and children from six weeks to five years, and was set up by Jackie Hardie last year. Having worked as an early years consultant – spending her days advising other settings on how they could improve their offering – Jackie decided to put her knowledge into practice and open up a ‘super nursery’, just off the high street, here in Portishead.

On hearing The Nursery had been awarded the highest possible rating by Ofsted, Jackie said, “This is a huge achievement and we are thrilled to be celebrating our first year with such a high commendation. The team has worked incredibly hard and this fantastic result is testament to their dedication. It is very rare for a nursery to receive this ranking in its first report so we are all absolutely delighted.”

The inspectors, who arrived on Tuesday 16th February, having given the statutory notice, spent the day closely observing life in the nursery – from the way it is managerially run to the way the staff interact with the children, while gathering the views of parents arriving to drop off or pick up their offspring.

The detailed Ofsted report, praised the inspirational leadership and management at The Nursery, saying, “Staff develop exceptionally strong bonds with the children and are highly effective at nurturing children’s excellent behaviour. They (staff) make the most of every opportunity to extend children’s learning so that they become motivated and inquisitive learners.”

Crucially, it was also noted how the children appear to enjoy spending time in the setting – looking happy, confident and settled. The report stated that, “Children of all ages play extremely well together, demonstrate highly advanced social skills and are kind and considerate of the feelings of others.”

The news was equally well received by parents of children at The Nursery. Kirsty White, Manger, comments, “We’ve had such warm feedback from parents and grandparents have come in to congratulate us. Many have said the result is no surprise – they wouldn’t have expected a lesser grading as what we do here is leagues above other nurseries they have seen or had experience of in the past.”

If you would like to find out more please contact The Nursery on 01275 402140

For further information about The Nursery, or to obtain further comment from owner Jackie Hardie, please call 01275 402140

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