A nursery in Andover has maintained its ‘good’ rating from Ofsted, with the inspector finding that children were happy, settled quickly and felt secure.

The staff at Yellow Dot Nursery were also praised for being “positive role models for children”.

The inspector acknowledged that safeguarding was effective and that staff carried out comprehensive risk assessments. It was also found that the nursery sent parents monthly newsletters and shared ideas to help extend their child’s development at home.

For the quality of teaching, learning and assessment, the report stated:

“Children enthusiastically investigate and participate in an interesting variety of activities.

“Generally staff encourage children, including those who are learning English as a second language, to develop good communication and language skills.”

The inspector found that children developed an understanding in safety, including knowing how to handle scissors and knives with care.

The report praised the behaviour of staff, saying that they “respond calmly, politely and patiently to children, colleagues and visitors.”

It was recognised that the nursery prepared children well for the next stage in their learning, and that outcomes for youngsters were good.

The report stated: “They are confident, sociable and inquisitive.

“Children develop good levels of independence. For example, they pour their own drinks at mealtimes and make choices about what they want them to do.”

The nursery missed out on an ‘outstanding’ rating due to the use of dummies and because staff do not provide the best level of support in regards to following healthy practices.

The nursery confirmed they use dummies for parents who request them, for soothing purposes.

Manager at the nursery, Catherine Clifton, said of the inspection result: “Yellow Dot is thrilled this report recognises the hard work and excellent care and education that our team provides for our children.

“A big thank you to the team and our families.”

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