Fenland nursery school which opened in April receives good Ofsted rating

A FENLAND nursery school – which only opened in April - has received an overall good in its first Ofsted report.

Blackerry House Day Nursery in Wisbech scored a ‘good’ on every part of the 17 assessment criteria – bar one – which still received a ‘satisfactory’ rating.

Anna Davies, who carried out the inspection, praised the nursery for already offering a “very good standard of care and education” in the “short space of time” since the nursery has been open.

Ms Davies said: “Staff have established good systems and skills for observing and assessing children’s progress towards the early learning goals and planning for their future learning.

“This together with the provision of stimulating indoor and outdoor learning environments ensures that children make good progress in learning overall.


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“The nursery is very positively led by the proprietor who together with a committed staff team, constantly strive to develop the provision to benefit all families and children in the local area.”

Staff at the nursery – which also has a centre in March – were praised for being “fully aware of their responsibilities to safeguard children” and the ability to respect each child’s “individual needs”.

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Special mention was given to the employment of an nurse who provided “good support” for Polish speaking parents and children.

Summing up Ms Davies said the nursery was in an excellent position to improve because the owner and staff shared a vision to provide the “best quality provision and outcomes for children and their families”.

The only area to score a ‘satisfactory’ rating was the effectiveness of partnerships section.

A ‘good’ rating is marked as grade two on Ofsted’s marking criteria - with ‘outstanding’ being classed as grade one.

Grade three is deemed ‘satisfactory’ with grade four - the lowest rating - scored as ‘inadequate’.

Recommendations for improvement included the development of providing highly indiviualised learning opportunities, implementation of a two-way flow of information for learning and allowing parents the ongoing opportunities to contribute what they know about their children to assessment records.

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