Norwich nursery improves its Ofsted grade

Once Upon a Time Nursery School in Norwich

Once Upon a Time Nursery School in Norwich - Credit: Archant

A nursery rated inadequate by Ofsted two years ago has been turned around after being taken on by a new provider.

Back in 2014 inspectors found numerous issues with Jigsaw Nursery School, on Constitution Hill, Norwich.

A report from that year said children's departure times were not being recorded and adult-to-child ratios were not being met.

But after it was taken on by a new provider in April 2014 standards have improved and an inspection last month rated it as 'good'.

It has also undergone a name change to Once Upon a Time Nursery School and now looks after 87 children.

Julie Banbury, director of care and education, said 'The vast majority of the inspector's report makes us very proud of what we have achieved in a relatively short period of time.

'We have two areas on which to improve, and these will be actioned immediately.

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'Under the previous name of Jigsaw Nursery School, the setting had been rated 'inadequate' in February 2014, so to improve this by two levels to 'good' is an excellent reflection of all the hard work our team has put in.'

The most recent Ofsted report praised the nursery's management team for implementing a plan to secure ongoing improvements.

It found staff were supported in their continuing professional development and they knew the children well. The report also stated that staff were fully aware of each child's individual needs and any gaps in their learning.

Ofsted said it was yet to receive an 'outstanding' grade as on some occasions, older children did not always display high levels of focused learning during free-play activities.

Has your school or nursery received a good Ofsted report? Call Luke Powell on 01603 772684