Wilmslow nursery rated Outstanding by Ofsted

Bright Horizons Clairmont Day Nursery and Preschool in Wilmslow has been rated ‘Outstanding' by Ofsted following its most recent inspection, with the report praising the leadership within the professional team.

The nursery received its inspection on August 17th 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 quality of education being provided, both indoors and outdoors, and assessing the impact this was having on children's learning. Comments from the report included:

  • The curriculum is meticulously planned to ensure that children have an array of opportunities and experiences that precisely focus on supporting children to progress. Staff are extremely skilled in ensuring that learning follows a sequence from babies through to older children. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, it was identified that children lacked some fine motor skills. The manager and staff used their expert knowledge of physical development to build activities which promote this development across the nursery. Therefore, gaps in learning rapidly close.
  • The manager and staff place huge emphasis on children's wellbeing. They placed high regard on the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on children's feelings and emotions. Children are encouraged to share their feelings at all ages. Staff encourage children to use choice boards and regularly check with how they are feeling. The curriculum is designed with a focus on giving children the tools and strategies they need to manage their own feelings.
  • Inspiring leaders support a skilled staff team in striving for excellence. Staff are extremely well coached in their professional development. Less experienced staff are supported to understand the curriculum, policies and procedures through a robust training programme and as a result have exceptional knowledge.

Angela Brandwood-Greene, Nursery Manager, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have achieved ‘Outstanding' at our recent Ofsted inspection. I am particularly delighted that the inspector acknowledged that the views of our children are of the highest priority, the interactions between adults and children are exemplary and our inspirational outdoor spaces are carefully designed, where every space has been developed into a learning opportunity for all children. I am so proud of my whole nursery team - their passion for the children and commitment to our nursery really shone through on the day, showing the inspector what it is like to be a child every day at our Outstanding nursery.”

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