Nursery needs to take steps to improve


Children’s House Montessori Nursery School, based in Nether Edge, looks after 30 children and has 9 members of staff. The setting encourages children to believe learning is fun and has been running for more than 30 years.

In its most recent Ofsted inspection, the setting was  found to need further improvement on steps they have already taken since their previous inspection.

In the latest report, it has been said that children’s progress was not maximised, as staff did not make full use of observation and assessment information to plan appropriately and support each youngster.

The report also mentions that the nursery did not speak to parents to get their views on further improvement to the setting, and that parents were not encouraged to contribute to their child’s development when at home.

Positive comments  were made about the range of activities offered – both indoor and outdoor – and the children’s enjoyment of these. The report also noted that the activities were well resourced to meet the children’s needs.

The report also complimented staff, saying they created a warm, welcoming environment which helped children to feel settled and secure in the setting. It went on to say that staff had a good understanding of their role and responsibilities over safeguarding, protection and welfare.




2 thoughts on “Nursery needs to take steps to improve

  • January 6, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Further to my comment earlier we are looking again how we are communicating with the parents.
    Funnily enough I have not had any complaints from parents about the way we communicate but obviously it is always possible to do better. We did have a parent evening session last term, when every parent who wanted to make use of this, was allocated a time to have a discussion about their child’s activities at the nursery.

  • January 6, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    I was most surprised to see this in my ‘inbox’. I would have thought someone might have gotten in touch with me before you printed it.
    Yes, we had a problem with OFSTED about the way we were monitoring the progress the children made. We basically monitored the way they worked with the Montessori equipment which covers all learning goals and observed their choices and social interactions with their peers and grownups, how independent they were and how considerate.
    We have always had a very good rapport with the parents and relate to them when they drop off children and pick them up. We are available anytime to have a chat or sort out a problem, if there should be one. A termly letter goes out to the parents, encouraging them to contribute to the learning journey of their child at the nursery and an ‘observation book’ is shared between home and school. Planning is always based on the interest the children show and is often combined with experiments etc.


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