The Mulberry Bush Nursery, in Casterton, has been celebrating its Ofsted ‘outstanding’ rating across all areas of a report, published on 6th November.
Claire Robinson, manager of the Nursery, which is part of Casterton, Sedbergh Prep School said: “To achieve an outstanding from Ofsted, something only 17% of early years providers have attained, requires dedicated staff, who are all passionate about working towards our shared vision, and to have families who believe in and respect our ethos and values.”
“We are fortunate to have this combination, alongside a wonderful group of keen and motivated children. I would like to say thank you to our staff, parents and children, who have all contributed to making The Mulberry Bush an outstanding early years setting.”
The inspector praised the high expectations that the staff have for what the children can achieve, noting that this inspired the children, helping to give them “a supreme start in life” and contributing to them “becoming highly motivated and successful learners.”
The report also highlighted how the Nursery’s key ethos, ‘to place children at the heart of everything we do,’ creates “a very tranquil and welcoming atmosphere where children…are extremely happy and content.”
During the inspection safe guarding and risk assessments documents were looked at and procedures relating to tracking of each child’s development were assessed, which were described as “scrupulously analysed.” The inspector also spoke and listened to the children and parents on the day of their visit.
Ofsted found that the staff helped children to develop skills which will support them throughout their life through the provision of imaginative experiences, such as weekly swimming, music and French lessons. The report also highlighted how innovative strategies ensured that “transition through the nursery and on to school is seamless.”
To improve the nursery further, they were advised to refine the already excellent performance management systems that are already in place for the current staff. The Mulberry Bush is open every week day from 08.00 to 18.00 and offers early years care for children from 6 months to 4 years old. Both year round and term time only options are available.