Ofsted has awarded Nottingham Nursery School an “outstanding” rating following their inspection in February. The inspector applauded the nursery for the way they inspire “awe and wonder” between children.

The report said that the nursery’s vision was to “give children the keys to their future” and said that: “this is a very inclusive school. Children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are very well supported to learn alongside their peers. Those who speak English as an additional language have effective support to improve their skills in speaking English. Staff work alongside parents who do not speak English, so they can communicate with school staff.”

The report also said that “there is a real sense of teamwork at the school. Parents and carers are guaranteed a warm welcome. Every parent would recommend the school to others. All said their children are safe and cared for well.”

Nottingham Nursery School is the only Local Authority-maintained nursery in the city. The setting has spaces for up to 126 children aged three- to four-years-old and up to 40 placements for eligible two-year-olds. The nursery was previously rated outstanding as well.

A training centre which supports the development and collaborative working of education and early years professionals operates within the school.

Mary Prest, the head teacher, said to West Bridgeford Wire: “We are enormously pleased that Ofsted has recognised the unique and special nursery provision that we work so hard to provide. Their judgement is a testament to the dedicated team and fantastic families we have here at the nursery, who are all committed to the same goal of working together to build strong foundations that all future learning can rest upon.

“We have an innovative approach to learning, informed by the principles and approaches of Froebel, Reggio Emilia & the Danish Forest Schools.

“We work closely with families to nurture the children who come here and strive to foster independence, resilience, creativity and curiosity, and to celebrate our diversity. Learning outdoors and connecting with nature is key to our provision and we have fantastic learning spaces including our natural woodland which is an oasis in the city.”

Cllr Neghat Khan, Portfolio Holder for Education and Skills in Nottingham, said: “This is clearly an outstanding nursery school – it’s the gold standard that everyone should be aiming for.

“This is clearly down to hard work from staff, pupils and governors. They should all be so proud of their hard work and dedication.

“The council is working closely with partners from across the city to ensure that every child can go to a school that is rated as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’.”

Original story by: West Bridgeford Wire

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