‘Outstanding’ rating for child care centre

Nelosn town centre.
Nelosn town centre.

A privately-owned Nelson child care centre has earned top marks in its latest Ofsted inspection.

The provision provided by Smartypants Exclusive Childcare and its management was rated as “outstanding” by the team which visited the Romney Street centre last month.

The report from inspector Sue Rae said: “The quality of teaching is outstanding. Staff have an excellent knowledge of how children learn and provide a rich, varied and imaginative educational programme, with precise assessment and planning for individual children.

“As a result, children make rapid progress in their learning and development in relation to their starting points.

“Key persons are exceptionally skilled and sensitive. They help children to successfully form secure emotional attachments and feel very secure in the environment. They have a superb knowledge and understanding of the children they care for, which has a highly positive impact on their physical and emotional well-being.

“Staff have an excellent understanding of the safeguarding and welfare requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage. The rigorous implementation of robust policies and procedures successfully promotes children’s safety and ensures they are well protected.

“The excellent partnerships formed between the parents and staff provide a positive two-way flow of information that is highly valued. This enables them to fully contribute and be actively engaged in their children’s learning and progress.

“Leadership is inspirational, successfully driving improvement over a sustained period of time.”