Fleetwood nursery gets positive rating but downgraded from outstanding

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Toddle Inn could improve, the inspector noted, by strengthening staff interventions during small group experiences

 

Toddle Inn Nursery in Fleetwood
Toddle Inn Nursery in Fleetwood

A Fleetwood nursery has been given a ‘good’ rating across the board by Ofsted after its latest inspection.

The Toddle-Inn Nursery, on Lofthouse Way, Fleetwood, had previously been given ‘outstanding’ rating after an inspection in 2017.

Inspectors on the latest visit were positive about the nursery, which has 82 youngsters on its roll, and said there were many things it did well, including staff wellbeing and listening to the views of parents.

Although in August, Ofsted was alerted that Toddle Inn needed to improve its fire safety schedule, the watchdog was satisfied that the nursery had taken the appropriate action by the end of that month.

Ofsted issued its latest report after inspectors visited the site in October.

Inspector Charlotte Bowe noted: “The inspiring manager values her whole staff team.

“She prioritises staff’s wellbeing and provides them with access to resources, such as useful relaxation techniques and weekly motivational quotes.

“This contributes towards staff’s positive energy within the nursery.

“Staff undergo regular supervision sessions. They source a wide range of training to extend their good knowledge and skills.

“Partnerships with parents are good. Staff keep parents informed about their children’s learning and progress and share ideas with parents, such as counting everyday items and observing numbers in the environment, to build on children’s mathematical skills at home.

“The well-qualified staff place a sharp emphasis on supporting children’s communication and language development.”

The report said parents reported that staff listened to their views and took on board their aspirations for their child’s future development.

It added: “Overall, staff plan a broad range of fun and challenging experiences for children to engage in, that build on their knowledge and skills.”

Toddle Inn could improve, the inspector noted, by strengthening staff interventions during small group experiences and providing more ways for children to explore freely and lead their own learning.

The inspector stated: “During the small group tasks, staff intervene too often and hold too many discussions about a variety of different aspects.

“This results in children becoming a little overwhelmed and limits their ability to lead their own learning and concentrate fully on what they are doing.”

Toddle Inn did not wish to comment on the latest report.