Prison nursery rated ‘Good’ by inspectors
BUTTERCUPS Day Nursery at Eastwood Park women’s prison in Falfield has received a ‘good’ overall rating from Ofsted inspectors.
The nursery, which is based in the jail’s mother and baby unit, has 13 places for children aged between birth and two years old, although there are only two children attending a present.
Ofsted was examining the following categories; effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching learning and assessment, personal development behaviour and welfare, and outcomes for children. All areas received a ‘good’ rating, apart from personal development, behaviour and welfare, which was rated as ‘outstanding’.
In the report Inspector Hilary Tierney praised managers for providing a “warm, welcoming and nurturing” environment, and for using personalised settling-in sessions to help the babies become accustomed to the nursery.
She said: “Children are extremely secure. Young children establish exceptionally strong attachments to the caring, sensitive staff.”
The inspector also identified that staff used their extensive knowledge of the families’ lives and circumstances to meet the babies’ emotional needs.
It was noted that staff prepare children well for life outside prison, by taking them out to visit local places.
To improve further, the inspector suggested that children would benefit from more resources to enable them to explore a wider range of sensory materials and enhance their learning.