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Leicester Nursery Judged to be ‘Outstanding in All Areas’

Staff, parents and children at a popular children’s nursery in Leicester, located on Tarragon Road, are celebrating the results of its latest Ofsted inspection.

Children 1st @ Leicester has been judged to be ‘Outstanding in All Areas’, the highest accolade awarded by Ofsted.

During the recent visit the inspector scrutinised all aspects of daily life at the nursery. This included observations of teaching and learning, discussions with staff, children, some parents and a review of all relevant documentation. 

Amongst the Best in England 

The outstanding judgement means that Children 1st @ Leicester, which is owned by Children 1st Day Nurseries, is ranked amongst the best day nurseries in the UK, as Margaret Mason OBE, founder and Chief Executive of Children 1st Day Nurseries points out:

“The category of ‘outstanding’ has been achieved by only 21% of nurseries inspected in England and Wales according to Ofsted’s latest early years report which shows the importance of this judgement. The report is a credit to the sustained hard work of everyone at Children 1st @ Leicester and is testament to the excellent quality and standards of provision at the nursery.”

The report is a delight to read, providing so many positive comments about the excellent achievements at the nursery. 

Highest Quality Childcare

The inspector noted that the ‘outstanding leadership and management’ have systems in place to ensure the high performance of the nursery. High quality staff training and excellent support for their professional development, along with highly effective procedures for monitoring staff performance were all significant factors in helping the inspector reach her judgement about the effectiveness of the leadership team. No wonder she concluded that they constantly strive, ‘to provide the highest quality childcare’.

Outstanding Outcomes for Children

It’s not surprising that such outstanding leadership and management was found to result in the children making ‘excellent progress in their learning and development.’ The inspector observed the ‘inspirational learning opportunities’ provided for children of all ages. The ‘highly stimulating learning environment’ was found to provide ample opportunity for ‘collaborative play, exploration and experimentation.’

Babies were described as flourishing in their specially designed room, with fixtures such as lights and mirrors a source of fascination which encouraged them to explore and travel around the room independently.

Older children were praised for their levels of concentration, their detailed independent art work and their literacy and numeracy skills, with the staff particularly praised for providing ‘excellent support to develop children’s language and communication skills’. 

Not surprisingly, the inspector also found that children are ‘exceptionally well-prepared for the next stage in their learning’ whether this be school or the next group in nursery.

Outstanding Personal Development

The personal development of the children was judged by the inspector to be as impressive as the excellent quality of the teaching and learning.  With behaviour described as ‘exemplary’ and the inspector’s observations of how ‘babies and younger children happily take turns and share their toys,’ staff and parents were delighted to see how much the children had impressed their important visitor.

However, for the wonderful Leicester children more praise was to come. Describing them as ‘confident’ and having ‘very high self-esteem,’ the inspector liked the children’s contribution to making improvements at the nursery. There was praise for the way in which children’s views are sought and shared in newsletters and displays and for the work of the ‘nursery council.’

A Delighted Manager

Manager of Children 1st @ Leicester Sanjit Bazaz is thrilled with the outcome of the inspection.

“As the inspector found, we have in place our own very thorough systems of self-evaluation and we all share high expectations of ourselves and the children. Nevertheless, it is fantastic to receive this external validation of our outstanding provision. The whole team at Leicester puts 100% into ensuring consistently high standards of care and education for all the children and it’s gratifying to have their efforts appreciated in this report.

“Thank-you to the brilliant staff team here at the nursery, our wonderful children and highly supportive parents who have all played an important role in helping us to achieve Ofsted’s highest ranking.”


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