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The three borough nurseries recently graded “Good” by Ofsted


Three nurseries in Gedling have been recently rated ‘Good” by Ofsted.

These three schools all received updated overall grades from the government regulatory body following inspections that took place between late February and late March.

Some suggestions were also put forward on how the schools can further improve.

Busy Bees Day Nursery 

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Busy Bees Day Nursery in Sir John Robinson Way, Daybrook (NG5 6BN) received “Good” ratings in all its segments following their Ofsted inspection on February 2.

The report stated: “Staff know children well and provide a varied and interesting curriculum that follows children’s interests and supports their developmental needs.

“For example, in the baby room, staff focus on activities that engage children’s natural curiosity and support their physical, social and communication skills.”

The report also commended the management on the support rendered to its staff, which encouraged them to share their views, helping them to feel valued at work.

The school was further complimented on the variety of opportunities they create for the children, by letting them take part in activities that support and develop their physical skills.

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“They join in enthusiastically with yoga sessions, expressing themselves freely through movement, and practice their balancing skills,” it was said in the report.

However, the report does recommend that the school ensure that staff interactions are consistent throughout the nursery, to promote the best outcomes for all children.

Coteswood House Pre-School and Day Nursery (Google)

Coteswood House Pre-School and Day Nursery

Coteswood House in Woodthorpe (NG5 4HT) also had their inspection on February 28, when they received their “Good” grading.

The report praised the school’s management team on working closely with the local authorities to provide in-house support for staff, following recommendations from Coteswood’s previous Ofsted inspection.

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The report said: “Staff have a secure understanding of what they are teaching and why. 

“They evaluate their practice and often identify where they can improve the implementation of activities.

“Children’s personal, social and emotional development is at the core of the curriculum. 

“And, the staff nurture and genuinely care for the children.”

The staff received further praise for providing opportunities for children to follow a healthy lifestyle. However, the report suggested that they strengthen interactions to develop the student’s communication skills further.

Lambley Day Nursery 

Lambley Day Nursery (Google)

Lambley Day Nursery in Church Street (NG4 4QB) was the latest pre-school to receive the “Good” grading, having only completed their inspection on March 16.

In the report, Ofsted inspectors praised the school’s curriculum as one that prepares children for the next stage of their education.

They stated: “Parents speak highly of the friendly and caring nursery. 

“They say the family-orientated team of staff ensure that they communicate well with the parents about what their child is learning and how to support their learning at home. 

“For example, children regularly borrow books from the nursery to help support their literacy development in their home environment.”

The report went on to call for improvements in how the staff speak and model words so that young children can hear the grammatically correct pronunciation to help develop their speaking skills. 

They also suggested the support staff ensure that transitions during routines are smooth and do not disrupt learning and engagement.

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