March nursery is ranked ‘good’ in all areas by Ofsted and praised for their ‘consistency in care and learning’

March nursery ranked good by Oftsed. Photo: Submitted

March nursery ranked good by Oftsed. Photo: Submitted - Credit: Archant

A March nursery has been praised for their “consistency in care and learning” by Ofsted.

Clarence House, in Station Road, was rated as ‘good’ in all areas following an inspection in June.

Delighted manager, Nicki Henry, said that they will “continue to work hard” to provide the best care for children.

The education watchdog was pleased with the nursery’s “progress and plan” making them aware of areas they needed to focus on.

Inspector Gail Warnes wrote in the report: “Children benefit from consistency in their care and learning, particularly those children who have special educational needs and/or disabilities.

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“The manager makes effective use of a range of information to help her to identify the nursery’s strengths and areas to improve.

“Children establish strong bonds with staff. They demonstrate that they feel safe and secure in their care.”

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The nursery was ranked as good in effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, personal development, behaviour and welfare and outcomes for children.

The report continued: “The arrangements for safeguarding are effective. Staff confidently fulfil their role to protect children from harm.

“They know what to do should they have any concerns about a child’s welfare. The manager implements robust recruitment procedures to help to assure the suitability of adults working with children.”

Ofsted said that to improve the school needed to “make the most of opportunities to extend children’s awareness and understanding of capacity and volume”. Sometimes, staff over direct children’s play during activities, meaning children have fewer opportunities to be creative and think of their own ideas,” it was noted.

Manager Nicki Henry said: “We were very pleased about this outcome and we will continue to work hard to provide the best care for all of the children, working closely with parents to achieve this.”

Clarence House March was registered in 2016 and has 74 children on the roll.

The nursery employs 12 members of childcare staff, including the manager.

They open from Monday to Friday, all year round, with the exception of one week at Christmas and bank holidays.

Sessions are from 7.30am until 6pm. Funded early education is provided for two, three and four-year-old children.

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