Out­stand­ing rat­ing for town cen­tre nurs­ery

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OF­STED has rated a Widnes nurs­ery Out­stand­ing.

Kids Planet Widnes, on Vic­to­ria Road, was given the high­est rat­ing and high praise in a re­port pub­lished on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 29.

The re­port said that staff and man­age­ment are pas­sion­ate about pro­vid­ing an out­stand­ing early years ex­pe­ri­ence. They have ‘in­spi­ra­tional and dy­namic man­age­ment’ who have high ex­pec­ta­tions of both staff and chil­dren.

The chil­dren en­joy se­cure at­tach­ments with staff and in­di­vid­ual care needs are well met. Ex­em­plary part­ner­ships with an large range of pro­fes­sion­als sup­port a ‘highly suc­cess­ful joined-up ap­proach to sup­port­ing chil­dren’s devel­op­ment.’

The re­port praised the planned ac­tiv­i­ties for in­di­vid­ual key chil­dren, fol­low­ing the chil­dren’s in­ter­ests and abil­i­ties.

It was also noted that par­ents were very com­pli­men­tary about the nurs­ery, and are kept in the loop about the care rou­tines and how their chil­dren learn.

In­spec­tor Lind­sey Wall­work-Jones said: “Chil­dren’s be­hav­iour is im­pec­ca­ble. They are es­pe­cially kind, con­sid­er­ate and car­ing to­wards each other and their en­vi­ron­ment. For ex­am­ple, chil­dren are learn­ing about re­cy­cling and car­ing for the var­i­ous nurs­ery pets, such as a ham­ster, tor­toises and fish.

“Staff are ex­em­plary role mod­els for chil­dren. Younger chil­dren build very close bonds with their key per­son. Staff work in close part­ner­ship with par­ents to en­sure ba­bies are kept in their fa­mil­iar home rou­tines. For ex­am­ple, par­ents are con­sulted on sleep rou­tines and given choices of cots, beds and sleep mats.

‘‘Chil­dren thrive from hav­ing plenty of fresh air and ex­er­cise as they ex­cit­edly play hide and seek and pedal swiftly around ob­sta­cles in the out­door en­vi­ron­ments.’’

On her visit Mrs Wall­work-Jones ob­served the qual­ity of teach­ing dur­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and as­sessed the im­pact it had on chil­dren. She spoke with staff and chil­dren and com­pleted a joint ob­ser­va­tion with a Kids Planet man­ager.

A Kids Planet Widnes spokesman said: “We’re ab­so­lutely over the moon to achieve Of­sted Out­stand­ing once again. As a team, we’re so proud of our achieve­ment and are pas­sion­ate about pro­vid­ing the very best ex­pe­ri­ence for all our chil­dren and par­ents”

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