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Published 9th Mar 2017

Harrison Land at Playdays Day Nursery

Playdays Day Nursery at The James Cook University Hospital has been rated ‘Good’ after its most recent Ofsted inspection.

The nursery was visited by Ofsted in January 2017, and has been rated as ‘Good’ in all four areas of inspection being: effectiveness of the leadership and management; quality of teaching, learning and assessment; personal development, behaviour and welfare and outcomes for children.

Inspection activities included joint observations with the nursery managers, talking to staff, children and parents, and reviewing a number of documents including self-evaluation, safeguarding, staff performance files and risk assessments.

Comments from the report directly included the following:

  • ‘Teaching is rooted in the experienced and well qualified staff’s secure knowledge and understanding of child development and how children learn best. Staff make the most of every opportunity to promote children’s learning through purposeful play and carefully planned challenging activities.’
  • ‘Staff provide children with a stimulating, exciting and well-organised learning environment. The children are confident and motivated and develop extremely positive attitudes towards learning in readiness for school.’
  • ‘Staff are excellent role models and pay alongside children to teach them how to share and take turns. All children consistently make good progress and acquire a good range of skills, abilities and attitudes that prepares them well for future learning and the eventual move onto school.’
  • ‘The partnerships with parents and other professionals are very good.’

Nursery manager Michele Tullius, speaking on behalf of the nursery management team, said: “I’m pleased that the bond between all of the staff, children and parents has been recognised in our latest report from Ofsted and that the quality of teaching was recognised to be good and sometimes outstanding.

“We will now be striving to achieve a rating of ‘Outstanding’ the next time Ofsted arrive by addressing the areas where we can make further improvements, including building on our programme of continuous professional development and the high quality practice which already takes place at the nursery.”

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