London nursery rated Outstanding by Ofsted

Date: 05 Mar 2020

Bright Horizons Beacon Road Day Nursery in South East London has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted following its recent inspection.

The nursery, located in Hither Green, received its inspection just prior to Christmas and was rated as ‘Outstanding’ in all four areas of inspection: The quality of education; Behaviour and attitudes; Personal development; Leadership and management.

Inspection activities included the inspector speaking to staff, children and parents at convenient times during the day. Comments from the report included:

  • The manager demonstrates her unquestionable passion and high expectations for what children can achieve, through working very closely with her staff team. The manager is exceptionally reflective and constantly networks with senior managers, staff and parents to improve practice and meet children’s needs. She leads a highly efficient staff team to plan and implement an excellent curriculum that focuses on the children’s early development and learning.
  • Staff use ongoing professional development opportunities to continually improve their teaching skills. They know the children and their developmental needs exceptionally well. Babies who are just learning to walk show complete trust in the staff and the excellent support they provide as they experiment with new ways of moving around. For example, this is evident as babies take tentative steps and try to push a wheeled toy backwards at the same time. Staff confidently allow them to take controlled risks, offer exemplary reassurance and encourage babies to keep trying so that they are safe but develop resilience to any minor setbacks.
  • Staff supervise children very closely. They help them to learn about sharing and taking turns, without affecting children’s motivation to explore. Children have highly positive attitudes to joining in and they develop an excellent early awareness of themselves and others. They show unquestionably secure levels of emotional and physical well-being.

Nursery Manager, Bhavika Patel, commented, “We believe that a child’s first experience of nursery is crucial for laying the foundation on which they build their future education. The team and I are ecstatic to be recognised as an Outstanding setting by Ofsted. We are so proud.”