Port Solent nursery deemed to be outstanding

HAPPY From left, four-year-olds William Glasspole, Larissa Wimsey and Charlie Molyneaux. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (131152-1)
HAPPY From left, four-year-olds William Glasspole, Larissa Wimsey and Charlie Molyneaux. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (131152-1)

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EXCITING and stimulating activities for children have helped a Portsmouth nursery receive a glowing Ofsted report.

The Port Solent Day Nursery was deemed to be outstanding in terms of its early years provision after Ofsted inspectors visited.

It’s the second time in a row that the nursery has been rated outstanding.

Inspectors said that children are extremely safe at the nursery and that staff interact well with children to make rapid progress in relation to their starting points.

Staff also have an excellent understanding of how children learn though play.

Nursery manager Jeanette Merryweather said: ‘All the staff are over the moon to have received a second outstanding status and I am really proud of each and every one of them.

‘We are a close team who have strived to take the nursery from strength-to-strength in order to provide our children and their families with the childcare and education they truly deserve.

‘The report highlighted the teamwork between the staff and it talked about management and leadership.

‘That made me feel really proud. Everybody works so hard.

‘It’s good to show that their hard work over the past four years has paid off.

‘Most of our children, once they are here, never want to leave at the end of the day.

‘They are very happy children – very sociable and confident.’

And Ms Merryweather added that the dedicated staff have helped the nursery to become such a big success.

‘We have got a lot of long-term staff here which definitely makes a big impact,’ she said.

‘We are a very close team.

‘A lot of parents are bringing in their second or third child and they are really shocked to see that we are still here.’

Inspectors said to improve the quality of the early years provision, staff need to provide further opportunities for all children to work and play outdoors.

She added: ‘Our company is looking at our outdoor areas and what we can do to develop in the future.

‘We are working to really try and make best use of the space that we have.’