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Little Ladybirds is just ‘2-good’

Feb 13, 2014 | News stories

Little Ladybirds Day Nursery has been given the thumbs up from Ofsted inspectors after retaining its status as ‘good’.

The nursery was praised in a number of key areas, including the way it supports children with additional learning needs and how staff and parents working together well to promote learning and well-being.

Inspectors said in order to achieve ‘outstanding’ status in its next report Little Ladybirds, which is situated on the Preston Farm Industrial Estate, would have to provide more learning resources for children aged 15 months to two years and encourage staff to ask more open-ended questions that would help build children’s critical and creative skills.

In summarising the nursery as a Grade 2 ‘Good’ nursery, the inspector said: “Teaching is securely based on the staff’s thorough knowledge of the Early Years

Foundation Stage which means they make good use of opportunities to promote children’s learning through play and structured activities.

“Children are happy and eager to learn. Their behaviour is good and they make independent choices about their play. This supports them in developing a positive attitude to school and future learning.

“Children’s interests and needs inform the planning and they are offered a wide variety of activities. The key person system is also used well, meaning that staff and families can work together to promote children’s learning and well-being.

“Children’s language and communication skills are well promoted. Children who have additional needs are very well supported in developing and extending their vocabulary and in making good progress in their overall development.”

Catherine Mason, Manager of Little Ladybirds, said: “We are delighted to receive such a positive support from Ofsted and we would like to thank our staff and parents for their support. They all play a part in making the nursery what it is.

“Our next inspection will be in three years so between now and then we will continue to make improvements with a view to achieving outstanding status.”

The full Ofsted report can be viewed on the Little Ladybirds website.