Ashmore Park Nursery was rated “outstanding” on their last inspection on 12 March.

Ofsted inspector, Dr Bogusia Matusiak-Varley said that the nursery was providing children with the “best start in life” and that the setting has “maintained the outstanding quality of education in the school” since their last visit.

The report said: “From low starting points on entry, children make consistently strong progress and many exceed the expectations for their age in all areas of learning, especially in speaking, due to high-quality teaching over time.

“Teachers and early years educators are keen observers and follow children’s interest levels.

“For example, when children were studying the human body, they became fascinated with skulls.

“As a result, staff helped children to explore their learning by taking photographs of artificial skulls, and by encouraging them to handle and adorn them with bright-coloured beads to represent the many words that make up thoughts.”

The headteacher, Susan Lacey, and her team were praised for “making the nursery the hub of learning” and for their “innovative and extensive” curriculum.

There was one thing the inspector said the nursery could improve; she said that there have been some “missed opportunities” for next steps allowing parents to teach children at home.

Wolverhampton Council’s cabinet member for education and skills, Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre, said: “I would like to congratulate Susan Lacey and her team on this wonderful report which is full of praise for the excellent work that everyone connected with Ashmore Park Nursery School is doing for their children.

“I would also like to congratulate the nursery on their willingness to assess good practice on an international basis, thus ensuring that they are not just outstanding in the eyes of Ofsted, but also following the world-leading practice.”

Story by: Express and Star

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