Thornbury nursery praised for its ambitious vision
STAFF at a Thornbury nursery have been praised by Ofsted inspectors for their “ambitious vision”.
Happy Days Day Nursery in Cooper Road has been awarded a ‘good’ rating by the education watchdog, who inspector highlighted the “attractive and stimulating” environment for the 173 children on the roll.
The inspection process involves examining key areas: leadership and management, teaching and learning, children’s development, behaviour and welfare, and outcomes for children. Each nursery is then given an overall grading of either outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate, with Happy Days rated good in all areas.
Ofsted inspector Dominique Allotey said children were motivated to learn from the interesting range of activities and experiences.
She said: “Key persons carefully plan from children’s interests to help them achieve what they need to learn next. Staff build on children’s creativity. For example, staff set out resources and create calm atmospheres for babies and toddlers to explore a range of wooden, metal, real and sensory objects freely.”
The inspector said that all children, including those with English as an additional language, had good outcomes. They were also learning skills ready for school, such as taking it in turns, and building on their maths knowledge by starting to learn the difference between 2D and 3D shapes.
It was noted that staff build positive relationships with the children, which helps them to settle in, and boost their self-esteem by praising their achievements.
The inspector added: “Staff promote healthy lifestyles and children delight in outdoor play. Children have very good opportunities to play outdoors in the stimulating gardens. Young children enjoy water play, then watch with interests as water they have poured travels down drainpipes. Older children enjoy group stories outdoors.
“Staff provide children with healthy snacks and meals and children’s individual dietary needs are catered for well.”
Nursery manager Angie Pass said: "We are extremely proud of our recent Ofsted report, which is a true reflection of the hard work and dedication of our fantastic team of colleagues here at Happy Days.”
"We gained ‘good’ across all areas.
“We now look forward to building on this judgement, as we drive forward our vision of providing outstanding childcare for all.”