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A nursery in Crowthorne celebrates being upgraded by Ofsted

Published: 25 Jun 2014 09:300 comments

A NURSERY in Crowthorne is celebrating after being upgraded at its latest Ofsted report.

Manager Jo Littlejohn, Kai Fleming Amelia Roantree and Lily Duce, all aged four – celebrate the Crowthorne nursery’s good Ofsted report.

The Government’s education watchdog judged Acorn Under-Fives nursery as ‘good’, up from its previous grade of ‘requiring improvement’ in 2009, one above the lowest rank possible.

The report, published on Friday, June 6, found the nursery, based in Butler Road, provides secure attachments, and fosters emotional well-being.

Early years manager Sue Challender said: “We’re really happy with the report. It’s a great testament to the hard work that the staff and parents have put in.

“We’re very pleased and we would hope that next time we will go one up again.”

Ofsted found that teaching is good, equipping the youngsters to make good progress in literacy and maths. Professional development is in place, which supports staff, allowing them to improve their knowledge and skills, said inspectors, who added a good relationship with parents helps support children’s progress through the sharing of information.

Both indoor and outdoor activities stimulate the imagination, and they are encouraged to become confident and independent learners.

Older children in the school – which has 57 children on roll – are well equipped for the move to school.

However, the school still has some more steps to take before being classed as outstanding – the highest rank available.

This includes sharing all information in children’s home languages, and while there are systems to monitor individual children’s progress, there are none to monitor the progress of specific groups of children.

Ms Challender added: “There are some things we want to improve that were suggested. We’re going to build on certain areas, and we would hope to be even better next time.

“We will try and make improvements and do the very best for the children.”

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