A village nursery has been rated ‘good’ by government inspectors.
Burwell Early Learners, which has 105 children aged up to five on its roll, and is based at the Burwell Village College site, was inspected last month.
Ofsted inspector, Jacqueline Baker, gave the nursery a good rating in three categories but said it was not yet outstanding because staff “do not always use open-ended questioning during activities to promote children’s critical thinking.”
Her report highlighted how the nursery safeguarded the children in its care with many of the 20 staff trained in first aid supported by good procedures which the nursery had in place.
The inspection had taken place after an incident where a child had swallowed a marble which was being used as part of an activity.
“The inspection found that since the incident the manager has taken robust actions to prevent this from happening in the future,” said the report.
The inspector said children at the nursery had plenty of opportunities to develop new skills because the staff understood how they learned through play and provided a ‘well-organised and stimulating environment’ that captured children’s interests.
She said parents’ contributions to their children’s development records and their sharing of children’s achievements at home, coupled with the staff’s own observations, meant children made good progress in their learning and development.
The report said staff encouraged children to be independent and had also developed several outside area which meant the youngsters were able to be outside in the fresh air and in all weathers. “They ride bikes, use a small climbing frames and have great fun running up and down the small mound and they are gaining an understanding of the importance of exercise,” said the inspector.
“Children behave well and are able to play happily with others or on their own,” she added. And she praised the effectiveness of the nursery’s leadership and management of its early years provision.
“The team has a good understanding of its responsibilities and continue to seek ways to improve,” she said. “The nursery has good recruitment procedures in place including background checks and an induction programme. Parents offer positive feedback about how supportive the staff are and how children’s confidence and language skills have improved since being at nursery.”