By Serena Coutts
A local nursery which received a damming report from Ofsted in March has made an incredible turn-around in just six months.
Jumping Jacks, on Ullswater Road, Golborne, is now officially a ‘Good’ nursery, after a follow-up Ofsted inspection in August.
Back in spring, the nursery was labelled as ‘Inadequate’ with several alarming concerns relating to children’s wellbeing and safety highlighted. But the latest report shows Jumping Jacks has made significant improvements in only a few months.
The recent Ofsted report mirrors the fantastic turn around the nursery has made. It comments on the “infectious enthusiasm” of the staff and the “meaningful activities that capture the children’s curiosity and ‘can do’ attitudes”.
Subsequent to their March inspection, Jumping Jacks has made improvements on several levels including prioritising the safeguarding of the children and ensuring that staff are familiar with their role regarding the safety of the children. This explains the inspector awarding the nursery with ‘good’ in all areas.
The Ofsted report can be viewed in full on their website, but some of the highlights from the report include:
The quality of Education- Good
“The enthusiastic new leadership team actively encourages staff to be creative and ‘think outside of the box’. Consequently, children are provided with a fun filled and inclusive learning environment. Hence, children are keen to learn and try new things.”
Behaviour and Attitudes- Good
“Children behave well and learn to resolve conflicts. They show compassion for their friends who may be upset, offering comfort and support. Staff help the children to manage their feelings and explain how they are feeling. This helps them to develop the skills that they need to move into the next stage of their lives.”
Personal Development- Good
“Staff support children’s learning effectively. They help children to become resilient and creative thinkers. Staff develop warm, nurturing relationships with the children, which helps them to feel safe and secure. Children are imaginative and initiate games of hide and seek, ensuring everyone joins in, including the inspector.”
Leadership and management- Good
“The new leadership team’s enthusiasm is infectious. It works with staff to ensure that children receive good- quality care and education leaders ensure that staff receive training and support. This has empowered staff and led to improved outcomes for children.”
This latest report will be welcome news for parents of young children in Lowton and Golborne, and we hope the nursery continues to improve and provide a safe and nurturing place for children to start their academic journey.
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