Winchester nursery rated Outstanding by Ofsted

Bright Horizons Winchester Day Nursery and Preschool has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted following its most recent inspection, with the report praising the quality of teaching within the setting.

The nursery received its inspection on June 1st 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 observing the interactions between nursery practitioners and children, as well looking at documentation to review evidence on the suitability of practitioners working in the nursery. Comments from the report included:

  • The quality of teaching throughout the nursery is outstanding. Staff follow children’s interests exceptionally well. Therefore, children are highly motivated and eager to join in with play opportunities. Staff use their expert knowledge and adapt experiences to support each individual child’s development. Consequently, they provide focussed teaching support that enables children to develop new skills and knowledge.
  • Children are very well settled and form exceptionally secure emotional attachments with staff. The settling-in procedure is effective and children feel safe and secure due to the robust key-person system. The children behave remarkably well and have high levels of respect for each other. For example, children thoughtfully share resources and consider each other’s feelings as they play.
  • The management team places great emphasis on developing a talented workforce. Staff receive regular training to ensure they improve their knowledge and skills. The staff talk highly of the management team and the support they receive. The manager undertakes extensive self-evaluation and uses meticulous supervision to ensure the staff receive targeted support.

Katie Greenless, Nursery Manager, said: “We are delighted to have achieved an Outstanding grading from Ofsted. I am proud that the quality of teaching within our nursery team has been recognised as well as our commitment to ensuring children have the best start to life. The connections between my nursery colleagues, the children themselves and their families is of the utmost importance to us in ensuring we support every child’s individual needs and that every child within our care thrives.”

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