26th Apr, 2019

Wythall nursery rated 'Good' by Ofsted five months after inadequate rating

Sarah Mason 11th Feb, 2019

A WYTHALL nursery that was declared ‘Inadequate’ back in August has turned matters around.

The Wendy House Day Nursery has now been rated ‘Good’ following a visit by Ofsted inspectors in January.

Previously inspectors noted on occasions staff were not aware of children’s whereabouts, what they were doing and potential hazards.

On January 15 inspectors noted staff were deployed effectively and ensure children are kept safe.

The latest report said: “They [staff] closely supervise children and give them the support they need to form strong emotional attachments with staff.”

Previously the teaching was described as ineffective and staff were criticised for interacting effectively with the children to enhance their learning.

In the latest report inspectors say staff provide a good balance of adult-led and child-initiated activities indoors and outdoors, it notes that staff plan activities to support children’s next steps in learning.

Inspectors said: “A highly effective and well-targeted literacy programme has been introduced in preschool.

“Staff have high expectations of children’s achievements.

“This has resulted in some rapid progress in children’s development in this area.”

The report did note the nursery, which has 166 children on roll, could increase opportunities for children who speak English as an additional language to use their home language in play and support their language development.

Inspectors added: “Coaching and support are not yet fully established to ensure that all staff are skilled

enough to provide the very highest support for children’s learning.”

Victoria Vann, managing director at the nursery, said: “Following the Ofsted inspection in August 2018, a rigorous action plan was put in to place, including wholesale management changes and an overhaul of our learning and development planning and implementation.

“Stringent safeguarding measures were reviewed and enforced throughout the setting.

“After a tumultuous few months at The Wendy House, we are delighted our efforts have been recognised by Ofsted and we are pleased to be reaffirming ourselves as one of the best nurseries in the local area.

“We look forward to a much more positive year ahead.

“We would like to take the opportunity to publicly thank parents who showed such unwavering loyalty to the nursery.

“Their support has been greatly appreciated and has helped drive us to success.”

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