Youngsters are “exceptionally well nurtured” at children’s day nursery in March

Mel Coles Laura Gentry Lisa Altoff Katia Crane with children at Orchard Nursery, March 046.jpg Mel Coles Laura Gentry Lisa Altoff Katia Crane with children at Orchard Nursery, March 046.jpg

Thursday, August 28, 2014
4:34 PM

A children’s nursery in March that was labelled “inadequate” has now been told it is “good” after the owner called for another inspection.

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Laura Gentry at Orchard Nursery, MarchLaura Gentry at Orchard Nursery, March

Just weeks after The Orchards Day Nursery received the poor rating the children’s day care setting was re inspected and it passed with flying colours.

Owner Laura Gentry called for a second inspection saying the report could potentially destroy her business.

Mrs Gentry, 62, who spent £250,000 on revamping the former Buttercups nursery in Knights End Road, to make it the third in her successful chain of nurseries in East Anglia, has now been officially told she has met all the requirements.

A report released says that: “Strong partnerships between parents and the nursery effectively support children’s emotional well being and helps to ensure their individual needs are met.

“Children are ably supported to develop their communication and language skills because staff build their confidence through purposeful conversation and commentary.”

It also notes that babies and younger children are exceptionally well nurtured, there is a firm commitment to professional development and staff have a good understanding of safeguarding issues.

The only reason it did not receive an outstanding rating, according to the report, was because not all children benefit from being able to make choices for themselves about when to play in the garden.

Also staff sometimes do things for children rather than allowing them the opportunity of independence.

The first inspection was on February 25 by Deborah Hunt of Prospect, an agency working on behalf of Ofsted.

The second inspection was carried out by Lesley Barrett of Ofsted on April 30.

A third inspection by Veronica Sharpe of Ofsted was carried out on July 25.

The third report says that children make good progress at the 35-strong Orchards Day Nursery.

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