Whittlesey children’s nursery moves up a notch in Ofsted ratings

Sweet Pea Nursery, Whittlesey

Sweet Pea Nursery, Whittlesey - Credit: Archant

A children’s nursery has moved up a notch in Ofsted ratings from ‘inadequate’ to ‘requires improvement’.

Re-inspection of Sweet Pea Nursery in Whittlesey commends the improvement efforts put in place since the damning report in January.

But Ofsted still wants to see rapid improvements in two key areas and has given the nursery until the end of October to bring staff training up to scratch.

And the care of children under the age of two has also been targeted for swift improvements.

Inspector Lesley Barrett said provision for younger children has not been fully developed.


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“Appropriate sleeping arrangements are not in place and the storage of dummies does not prevent the risk of cross contamination,” she concluded. “Despite this staff help children to develop a secure understanding of healthy lifestyles.

“For example, children learn about the importance of hand washing, they enjoy nutritious snacks and benefit from fresh air and exercise on a daily basis.

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“Mealtimes are a sociable occasion where children learn about the importance of healthy eating and talk to staff about how vegetables are healthy foods. Staff support children’s emotional development well.

“They offer plenty of praise and encouragement, which helps children to develop their self-esteem.”

The inspector also concluded that since the last inspector the manager Wendy Whitwell “has started to make effective improvements.

“She now regularly monitors staff and provides feedback to help improve their practice”.

And Ofsted acknowledge “children are happy and confident. They join in with group activities and are equally content to independently find things to explore and play with.

“Children’s behaviour is managed well. Staff provide clear, consistent boundaries which help children to feel secure.

“Parents share positive feedback about their children’s experiences and recognise how much progress they have made.

Ofsted said the manager “is a positive role model for staff and children. She ensures staff receive the supervision and guidance they need to improve their teaching abilities”

Ofsted visited in January as a result of “the risk assessment process following information received by Ofsted”. It conducted an updated inspection in July and has just published those findings.

Sweet Pea, in Inhams Road, was registered in 2015 and has places for 24 children with 57 on the roll.

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