Fakenham nursery obtains outstanding OFSTED award

Staff at a Fakenham children’s care facility are celebrating after receiving the highest possible award from OFSTED (Office for Standards in Education) inspectors.

Fakenham Children’s Daycare Centre on Field Lane was told all of its services in key areas of the organisation were outstanding.

The report found that the quality and standards of the early years provision across management, teaching, behaviour and outcomes for children were of the highest order.

Inspector Julie Meredith-Jenkins carried out the review, she said: “Leaders and managers at the centre are absolutely committed to pursuing excellence in all that they do here and the staff provide a highly inclusive environment where all children are individually valued”.

The result is a real coup for the nursery after previously being awarded a good OFSTED rating during an inspection in May 2015.

The nursery, which provides funded early education for two, three and four-year-old children, employs 21 members of childcare staff, of which 16 hold early years qualifications at level 3 or above.

The commitment to improving staff training was also a highlight of Mrs Meredith-Jenkins report which said: “The manager successfully supports new childcare practitioners to obtain qualifications and further their career. They consider it highly important to continue to support less-experienced staff and help them evolve into highly qualified and experienced professionals.”

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Mrs Meredith-Jenkins study of the care facilities involved the observation of teaching during activities both indoors and outdoors and she also quizzed children to find out their views.

The report found that children at the nursery behave extremely well and staff supported less-confident children to negotiate and resolve conflicts with their peers successfully.

The report also noted that children were highly motivated to learn and that staff enhanced children’s learning at every opportunity and kept them deeply involved in high-quality activities.

The parents of the babies and toddlers who attended the nursery were also invited to offer their opinions as part of the inspection.

OFSTED was set up by former prime minister John Major in 1992 to monitor the progress of educational facilities in Britain.

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