Town nursery given ‘good’ Ofsted rating

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A Newmarket nursery has been rated good by government inspectors.

The A1 Fun Club, a privately managed facility in Mill Hill, caters for 50 children of whom 36 are in the early years age group.

Ofsted inspector Jill Hardaker said in her report: “The staff’s effective teaching skills support children to learn successfully. As a result children make good progress in their learning.”

The report said the nursery formed “effective partnerships” with parents which enabled the staff to have important information on children’s needs which helped to support their all round development and welfare needs.

The nursery provides funded early education for two, three and four year olds and caters for a number of children who spoke English as an additional language and children with special educational needs or disabilities.

The inspector praised the children’s good behaviour which she credited to the staff whom she said had high expectations and were consistent in their approach as well as being positive role models , showing respect for their young charges and supporting them well.

“Staff have a good understanding of their key children’s development and next steps,” said the inspector. “They identify children’s current development needs and interests and incorporate these into planning.

“This enables children to engage well in activities that interest them.”