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Brighton Journal | 2nd April 2020

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City Nursery gets Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ Hat Trick!

City Nursery gets Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ Hat Trick!
Hannah Midgley

The Roundabout Nursery in Brighton and Hove, was rewarded this week for its continued hard work, by being graded ‘outstanding’ from Ofsted – a remarkable third time in a row!

Working hard with families in the heart of Whitehawk, the Nursery is part of the Roundabout Childrens Centre, which is run by Brighton and Hove City council and currently has 150 children and 30 staff.

On achieving this award for the third consecutive year, joint Nursery managers, Deborah Taylor and Teresa Owen said:

“We are absolutely thrilled to be recognised for the work we do in this community. This outstanding grading for the third time shows our total commitment to maintaining the excellent standards that we’ve already achieved.”

Ofsted inspectors commented on the reasons for giving ‘outstanding’ to the Nursery, stating that children at the nursery make ‘excellent progress’.

The staff were praised for being highly sensitive to every childs individual circumstances and developmental needs and for being excellent role models, who offer calm, reassuring guidance and praise.

Inspectors highlighted how staff successfully and skilfully plan activities that build on the children’s learning, which also extends their interests exceptionally well. One example of this can be seen in the recent addition of hens to the nursery, who lay eggs every day, which the children enjoy collecting.

Furthermore, inspectors commented that all children, including those with special educational needs and / or disabilities, are exceptionally well prepared for their future learning and starting school.

The Nurseries managers, who inspectors described as being ‘strongly committed to continually improving the nursery’, stated, “We are currently part of the city of sanctuary and working towards a nursery of sanctuary award. We are continuing to improve our practise”.

The Managers concluded:  “We would like to say a big thank you to all our staff who work so hard to make the differences to these children.”

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