Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. Their job is to regulate and inspect to achieve excellence in the care of children and young people, and in education and skills for learners of all ages.

Quotation From the Last Ofsted Report

“Children are happy, settled and have formed positive relationships with staff and their friends.”

“The partnership with parents has developed, children’s independence is encouraged during meal times, the procedures for observing and tracking children’s progress has improved and opportunities for children to learn about diversity are provided.”

“Staff interaction with children is positive; they sit with the children and support them in their play. Staff model mathematical language to encourage children to use and understand terms; for example, children fill and empty plant pots and staff ask ‘ which one is heavy and which one is light’. Staff sing to children as they play on the see-saw and children join in, which supports their language skills.”

“The setting has a highly positive relationship with parents and carers, ensuring each child’s care needs are met. The setting seeks parents and carers views through many ways, including questionnaires and regular verbal communication. Parents and carers are kept well informed about the curriculum their child follows, through a termly newsletter. In addition children’s achievement, well-being and development are shared at parent’s evenings and for younger children daily diaries are completed each day. The effective liaison with parents and carers contribute to improvements in children’s well-being and development. There are clear and accessible channels for parents and carers to communicate with the setting, for example, the manager is available each day to meet and greet parents and carers. Parents comment they find the staff very friendly, helpful and supportive in issues relating to their children’s development and family circumstances.”

“Staff have a secure knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage.”

“Children’s language and communication skills are well supported. They enjoy sitting in the book corner listening to their favourite stories.”

“The member of staff skilfully builds on opportunity for open ended questions.”

“Younger children in the group watch and enjoy dancing.”

“Babies enjoy splashing around in the water tray and explore simple puzzles.”

“Children are beginning to develop an understanding of a healthy lifestyle. They are provided with a varied menu and a list of dietary needs is available for staff to refer to. Children’s independence is promoted.”

“They have a well organised garden that offers opportunity for digging and planting vegetables and flowers, such as sweet corn and daffodils.”

“Children are secure and develop a sense of belonging to the setting.”

“Good quality interaction from staff, which includes lots of facial gestures such as smiles, and well organised routines support very young children to become secure and confident in the setting.”

“Children are happy and settle well.”

“Children are praised for their achievements.”

“Photos of children taking part in a wide range of activities are displayed around the building, giving children the opportunity to show their parents and carers and to promote their self-esteem.”