Nursery staff ‘moved to tears’ after inspection

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A nursery based on a farm in Yorkshire has been judged ‘outstanding’ in all four areas by education watchdog Ofsted.

Farmyard Friends Day Nursery in Hornsea made improvements to its provision since it was judged ‘good’ in 2011 and is the first setting in the area to receive the highest possible rating from Ofsted.

Caroline and Mark Basham, owners of the nursery, were particularly pleased that a nursery based on a farm could make the grade.

“We’re just overwhelmed. From day one I was determined we were going to be outstanding and one of the best, and this report means we can now say we are one of them,” said Mrs Basham.

“The whole team are so passionate and every day they just want the children to come and have the best time.”

Caroline added that the praise the nursery received following the inspection moved staff to tears.

“There were six of us just sobbing,” she said.

“It’s something we have been working towards for such a long time.

“And Ofsted keep moving the goalposts, it’s been harder and harder to get an outstanding rating, so it really means a lot.”

Mrs Basham acknowledged that they would not have received their ‘outstanding’ rating if it wasn’t for the dedication of her team. She also thanked parents for their support.

The report from Ofsted highlighted the nursery’s teaching, leadership and vision as some of their strengths:

“The leadership team has created an exceptional vision which is shared by all staff.

“As children play, staff demonstrate their outstanding teaching skills. Staff use many effective strategies as they interact with children.

“The quality of leadership is inspirational across the nursery. The team uses every opportunity to improve the already high standards of care and learning.

“The superb opportunities for learning outside mean that children, including babies, spend much of their time enjoying fresh air and physical exercise.”

The only guidance inspectors gave to improve the nursery was to continue to strengthen partnerships with other settings.

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