Congratulations to managers and staff at Dickory Docks Educational Day Nursery, who have had a fantastic outcome from their recent Ofsted inspection and wanted to share their story with us, below:

Staff and children have been celebrating the highest possible rating at Dickory Docks Educational Day Nursery. The recent Ofsted inspection report highlighted the nursery’s motto: ‘Learning to play – playing to learn’ and this is thoroughly embedded in all areas of nursery practice. As a result Ofsted said “the provision for children's learning and development is OUTSTANDING in ALL AREAS.”

Over the past year, the nursery management and staff have made extensive changes and improvements and the nursery is now exemplary. Staff, parents and children can now be very proud of the nursery’s achievement.

Helen Regan (Manager) said, “To be an outstanding nursery it takes hard work, commitment, knowledge, experience and excellent relationships with children, parent, carers and other professionals.”

Narinder Virdee (Proprietor) added that there also has to be determination to keep improving in all aspects of the setting. Elaine Marcham and Kayleigh Doyle, who are long standing members of staff, commented by saying:

“It’s team work. We would not have achieved this fantastic outcome if it was not for the team and of course our children and parents. As we stand by our motto Playing to learn – learning to play.”

Bob said, “We aim to sustain our Outstanding judgement by setting new targets for continuous improvement.

“We will ensure that all staff are proud to work at Dickory Docks Educational Day nursery and continue to grow and develop professionally in their chosen career. We plan to create more opportunities for young people working closely with training providers.

“We were fortunate to have secured 2 year old Capital Funding from Reading Borough Council (RBC) Early Years and Extended School Service in 2014 to increase capacity. RBC have been a great support throughout the transition and this has enabled us to make remarkable changes and significant improvements to the 2 year old rooms.

Helen said, “We are absolutely delighted to have achieved our goal to be Outstanding and are determined to maintain our Outstanding rating. We have an excellent team of staff and superb support from the RBC team. We pride ourselves on the excellent relationship we have with parents/carers and families and all this has helped us to achieve the Outstanding rating.”

Dickory Docks Educational Day nursery caters for children from 3 months until they are ready for school. The nursery offers 15 hours of free funding for 2, 3 and 4 year olds. They also provide emergency childcare at short notice, cover for teaching training days and school closures as well as a holiday play scheme.

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