In August 2014, Sawston Nursery was inspected by Ofsted.

The full report is available on Ofsted’s website but these are a few of our favourite quotes from the report:

“Children feel secure in the calm, caring, enabling environment”…”All staff have high expectations of behaviour and are consistent in their approach”…”effective friendships are being made.”

“The staff are good role models and enjoy being with the children. They show respect for the children and support them well. Consequently children feel emotionally secure and become active learners.”

“Children are constantly interested in the wide variety of experiences available to them”

“Children’s individual needs are met”.

“The quality of teaching is good. Speaking and listening skills are promoted during group times”…”They are encouraged to listen and follow instructions”…” The children show excellent listening skills”

“The settling in procedure for babies is robust and ensures the key person has a good understanding of the child’s needs.”

“Vegetables growing in the garden enable children to understand how food grows, they excitedly show staff a flower on the bean stalk and tell them it will turn in to a bean. Children’s excitement at eating the beans is further extended when the chef comes out in to the garden to tell them how they can be cooked for lunch”.

“All staff demonstrate a clear understanding of safeguarding procedures.”

We are pleased that we have been awarded a “Good” grading. It has been well documented in the press that there are new tighter guidelines for inspections and we are very pleased with this result.

The two reasons our Inspector felt we didn’t quite reach an outstanding award are that:

– Children’s independence is not promoted consistently during the day, especially at mealtimes.

-On occasion, staff do not consistently identify precise next steps for the more able children operating at a high developmental level.

Both of these areas can and will be developed further immediately.

We were very proud of the feedback from the inspector, and we feel that we can only improve the setting further over the next year.

Thank you all for your support.

Previous Reports

Our Nursery was graded as ‘Outstanding’ in our August 2011 inspection.

Some of our favourite phrases from this report are:

Children are safe and making remarkable progress as a result of staff’s active commitment to driving improvement.

Children are effectively safeguarded because of rigorous systems which ensure their safety and well-being.

Children are happy and flourish as a result of the high levels of care and the provision of a rich and meaningful range of activities.

Behaviour is outstanding. Children’s obvious enjoyment is evident in their delight as they independently make colourful patterns during outdoor splash painting.

Leaders and managers are highly committed to drive improvement

To read the full report see www.ofsted.gov.uk or pick up a copy from the Nursery.