DEDICATED staff at a college’s nursery have been given the dream Ofsted report – perfect in all categories.
Staff at South Downs College Nursery in Waterlooville are celebrating being rated outstanding in a report which gave full marks to all 17 areas judged by inspectors.
The nursery for children from birth up to the age of four is mainly used by staff and students at South Downs College – also rated outstanding.
Superb partnerships with parents, exceptionally high standards across all areas and an exciting, stimulating and fun environment are some of the compliments in the inspection.
Jackie Trace, the nursery’s manager, was praised for her ‘passion and enthusiasm motivating staff to provide the best experience they can for all the children’.
She said: ‘We’re over the moon, we couldn’t have asked for a better report. There’s no greater responsibility than looking after someone else’s child and we take the job seriously.
‘Our children are as young as 10 days old, and we are their main carers during their waking hours.
‘So it’s absolutely vital that we ensure that time is as stimulating and fun as possible.
‘I’m lucky to have a fantastic team of patient, committed staff, who are passionate about the care and education of young children.’
Mrs Trace praised the nursery’s excellent purpose-built facility which boasts an outdoor environment which the youngsters – especially the boys – make excellent use of.
She says the key to success is finding out what every individual child enjoys best.
‘The first thing we do is find out what interests the child, because if they’re not interested then they’re not motivated to learn,’ she said.
‘Play is the vehicle for learning and our outdoor environment is a huge draw, especially for the boys who love to be running around on their feet.’
Early years education is recognised by the government as being one of the most important factors for a child’s development.
Last week, the chancellor George Osborne announced plans to extend the free 15 hours education for three and four-year-olds to 40 per cent of two-year-olds to ‘genuinely lift children out of poverty’.
Mrs Trace added: ‘If you don’t get it right in the early years you risk these children never developing the skills to learn throughout their lives.’