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Ofsted Outstanding...

Ashton House Nursery has been judged to be ‘Outstanding’ in all areas, which is the highest grading possible, and indicates a setting of exceptionally high quality.

We are very proud of this achievement, which represents the continuing hard work and dedication from our staff team to continually improve and provide inspirational childcare for our children.

Here are some of Ofsted's comments from their report:

‘Staff know children exceptionally well and are highly responsive to their individual needs and interests’

‘Children are thoroughly engaged in purposeful play’

‘Children are extremely happy and have high levels of self-confidence and self-esteem’

‘Communication with parents is given utmost priority to ensure that children benefit from highly consistent care and learning’

‘Their [leaders and managers] enthusiasm and passion are equally shared by all of the highly dedicated and devoted staff team'.

Please click here to download our Ofsted Report. Or read the report below:

Inspection date: 5 May 2016 Previous inspection date:17 November 2011

The quality and standards of the early years provision

This inspection: Outstanding 1

Previous inspection: Outstanding 1

Effectiveness of the leadership and management Outstanding 1

Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1

Personal development, behaviour and welfare Outstanding 1

Outcomes for children Outstanding 1

Summary of key findings for parents

This provision is outstanding

  • Teaching is consistently of a very high standard. Staff know children exceptionally welland are highly responsive to their individual needs and interests. They use their expertknowledge to provide rich and varied experiences that enthuse and motivate allchildren to learn.
  • Staff are highly skilled and sensitive in helping all children to form strong, trustingrelationships. Children's emotional well-being is nurtured superbly and they have anexceptionally strong sense of belonging within the nursery.
  • The learning environment is exceptional. Children are thoroughly engaged in purposefulplay. The exciting outdoor areas inspire children to extend their learning and naturalcuriosity to explore. Children flourish as they develop their understanding of the worldand thrive on the physical challenges offered.
  • Children's independence is expertly promoted. Enthusiastic staff play alongsidechildren, offering skilful interaction as they follow children's leads. Consequently,children are extremely happy and have high levels of self-confidence and self-esteem.
  • Staff create exemplary partnerships with parents. Communication with parents is givenutmost priority to ensure that children benefit from highly consistent care and learning.Parents are extremely complimentary about how staff keep them fully involved in theirchildren's learning.
  • Leaders and managers provide inspirational leadership. They have an exceptional driveand vision to sustain the highest standards of care and learning experiences for allchildren. Their enthusiasm and passion are equally shared by all of the highly dedicatedand devoted staff team.

What the setting needs to do to improve further

To further improve the quality of the early years provision the provider should:

  • Enrich even further the already excellent support provided to staff through the role ofthe early years learning mentor and monitor the impact this has on children's progressand development.

Inspection activities

  • The inspector observed children at play in each of the playrooms, and also in theoutdoor areas.
  • The inspector carried out a joint observation of practice with the manager and a deputymanager.
  • The inspector spoke to staff and managers about different aspects of their roles,including planning and safeguarding.
  • The inspector looked at a sample of documentation, including safeguarding and staffsuitability, policies, children's records and assessments, planning and self-evaluation.
  • The inspector spoke to parents and carers to gather their views.

Inspector:Sharon Hennam-Dale

Inspection findings

Effectiveness of the leadership and management is outstanding

Safeguarding is effective. Staff have excellent knowledge of safeguarding issues and knowprecisely what action to take should they have concerns about the welfare of a child.Highly effective self-evaluation takes into account the views of all and helps identify welltargetedimprovements. Staff make excellent use of regular training to help build theirexpertise. The manager plans to continue to extend the exceptional support provided forstaff through the new early years staff mentor role she has created. Children withadditional needs benefit from the exemplary partnership working that the nursery has withother agencies. This promotes continuity and is highly effective in supporting children andtheir families. The manager and staff regularly analyse data to identify how differentgroups of children are progressing. They quickly identify any gaps in children's learningand swiftly provide additional support to help them reach their full potential.

Quality of teaching, learning and assessment is outstanding

The experienced staff team uses detailed observations to precisely tailor activities thatbuild on children's prior knowledge and next steps in learning. Children's learning recordsare exemplary and demonstrate the pride staff have in the children's achievements. Babiesinvestigate an abundance of exciting sensory objects as they explore their room. Toddlersenjoy exploring different textures and materials as they develop their creative skills whilemaking beach pictures. Children are confident and articulate communicators. Staff engagethe children in purposeful and fun conversations. They teach children sign language andhave introduced an outdoor communication station to help inspire children to trycommunicating in alternative ways. Pre-school children develop their writing skills andeagerly make marks using materials they have made from charring sticks in the fire.

Personal development, behaviour and welfare are outstanding

Children behave exceptionally well. Staff are excellent role models and have highexpectations. Children cooperate and willingly share their resources with others. There arefrequent opportunities for children to learn about diversity. Children learn about the life ofchildren in Africa, enjoy exchanging news with their penfriends in Australia and parentsvisit to share Greek traditions. Staff expertly support children to assess and manage risks.Pre-school children know the safety routines as they help to make their outdoor fire andtoddlers climb under the careful supervision of staff. Children enjoy vigorous play andexercise and demonstrate excellent physical skills for their age. They learn about healthyeating as they grow and harvest their own fruit and vegetables. Children relish takingresponsibility for looking after the nursery's pet pigs, chickens and snail.

Outcomes for children are outstanding 

Staff help children to become resourceful and resilient learners who make excellentprogress in relation to their starting points. Children learn to take care of their own needsfrom a young age. Staff provide many opportunities for children to solve problems. Forexample, toddlers have tremendous fun as they try to guess the route the water will takethrough an array of pipes and tubes. Children develop extremely positive attitudes and areexceptionally well prepared for their future learning.