Ofsted inspectors give Elm Nursery School glowing report

ELM Nursery School received a glowing Ofsted report following its recent assessment.

ELM Nursery School received a glowing Ofsted report following its recent assessment. - Credit: Archant

ELM Nursery School received a glowing Ofsted report following its recent assessment.

It was described as “good” in all areas and inspectors said the only thing that held it back from being considered “outstanding” was its role play area, which needs improving.

Elm Nursery School headteacher Fiona McCallum was thrilled with the positive feedback.

She said: “Our committed staff team have worked so hard to establish our new nursery, and we are delighted that our provision has been highly praised by Ofsted.”

The report praised the quality of teaching, which it said instilled in the children a desire to learn and express themselves.


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The inspector said: “Skilled staff provide a stimulating environment where children are enthusiastic to investigate, learn and have fun.

“Staff have a good understanding of how children learn through play.

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“Consequently, children arrive at the nursery with great enthusiasm and are eager and motivated to investigate and learn.”

The staff were commended for visiting children in their homes before they start at the nursery to gain an understanding of their personality and interests.

The inspector said: “This good practice means that staff are fully aware of children’s interests and starting points and are able to plan effectively for each child,”

Parents, staff and the leadership team were said to work together effectively to meet the children’s needs.

The nursery school was seen as giving the children an excellent grounding before they make the step into full-time education.

The inspector said: “Children are well prepared for their eventual move to school because they enjoy regular use of the school hall and teachers spend part of their week getting to know the nursery children.”

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