Nursery gets top rating in Ofsted report

Childcare Wallsend nursery at North Road was given an 'outstanding' rating by Ofsted inspectors in their latest report and seen having fun with the children are staff members (left to right) Karen Quinn, Susan Jordan, Joyce Hill and Shirley-Ann Millen.

Childcare Wallsend nursery at North Road was given an 'outstanding' rating by Ofsted inspectors in their latest report and seen having fun with the children are staff members (left to right) Karen Quinn, Susan Jordan, Joyce Hill and Shirley-Ann Millen.

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CHILDREN are flourishing at a borough nursery, according to the latest ‘outstanding’ Ofsted report.

Childcare Wallsend, based at Wallsend Children’s Centre, is celebrating after receiving top marks in the inspection.

The nursery, opened in 2004 and owned and managed by North Tyneside Council, offers early years care for children up to five-years-old.

Children make ‘excellent progress towards the early learning goals’ and become ‘independent learners’, the report says.

A love of books develops from an early age and children also enjoy signing nursery rhymes, which are used in helping them to understand simple addition and subtraction.

To help the youngsters learn about being self sufficient, there is a pre-school growing area where they plant different vegetables and care for them as they grow.

The nursery also uses natural resources to help children make sense of what they see, touch, smell and feel. Babies explore cut branches from a tree that staff have ensured are safe.

The report adds that children feel safe and secure in the nursery while staff are praised for being motivated and knowledgeable, regularly attend safeguarding children courses.

Gemma Viveash and Julia Park, joint managers of the nursery, received an outstanding rating for their leadership and management.

Gemma said: “We are so very proud of the whole nursery team.

“Their hard work and dedication makes our centre a special place for children and their families.”

During the inspection, parents stated they would ‘highly recommend the nursery to friends’, describing staff as very approachable and that links between local schools, nurseries, and child minders to be ‘very effective’, which ‘ensures continuity of care and learning’.

Parents are provided with a ‘family time bag’, which is taken home to encourage them to complete their own observations about activities and events.

Coun David Lilly, cabinet member for children, young people and learning, said: “The council strives to ensure that all young people receive the best start in life, which Childcare Wallsend is certainly achieving.

“The report demonstrates the hard work and commitment by all the staff. They should be extremely proud of themselves on this outstanding inspection.”