Beckenham nursery’s remarkable Ofsted upgrade in less than a year

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Little Elms Daycare in Beckenham has worked exceedingly hard in the past 9 months to raise their Ofsted rating to ‘Good’ from ‘Requires Improvement’.

In July 2017, Ofsted received a complaint regarding the supervision of children in one of the playrooms at Little Elms Daycare. After an inspection, the setting was downgraded to ‘Requires Improvement’.

The downgrade came after the unannounced inspection found that “staff in this room are not consistently monitoring children’s progress and do not always communicate well with parents…. generally, throughout the rest of the nursery, there is an effective key person system”.

The setting applied several improvement measures and, when they received a follow-up inspection in April 2018, they were upgraded to ‘Good’ once again.

Little Elms area manager, Claire Povey, said: “The entire staff team were devastated on receiving a ‘Requires Improvement’. The entire time of Little Elms Beckenham being opened, we had only ever received ‘Good’ gradings.

“The directors had previously introduced an ‘incentive bonus’ for all staff and Perkbox to retain staff and ensure they had a nice working environment as we recognise we are only as good as our staff team. We held meetings with the entire team to discuss the improvements and set action plans.

“We had an unannounced re-inspection from Ofsted in April 2018 and received a ‘Good’ judgement, much to the delight of the whole staff team. It was through the dedication and sheer hard work of the manager and staff that made this possible in a relatively short amount of time.”

The most recent inspection report stated: “The actions from the previous inspection are met, which supports consistent self-evaluation and improved teaching practice.

“Staff complete progress checks for children aged between two and three years. Staff are deployed well and staff observe and assess children’s learning well.

“Children have established good relationships with staff, who are caring and affectionate towards them.”

Little Elms Daycare is one of nine settings operated and owned by the same provider. They also run another nursery in Beckenham which is also presently rated as ‘Good’.

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