Ofsted: Hillside Day Nursery is Good

August 30 2019

Staff members Chelsea Walker (left) and Rosie Matthews (right) pictured with some of the pre-school children

Staff members Chelsea Walker (left) and Rosie Matthews (right) pictured with some of the pre-school children

YOUNGSTERS from Hillside Day Nursery are celebrating after getting the seal of approval from education watchdog Ofsted.
Inspector Dominique Allotey judged the nursery, based in the grounds of John Cabot Academy, to be Good in four of the five categories, with an Outstanding rating given for personal development, behaviour and welfare.
Ms Allotey said she was particularly impressed with the outdoor learning on offer.
She said: “Staff plan a highly stimulating range of outdoor opportunities for children in the extremely well-resourced and attractive garden. This motivates all children in their play and learning outdoors, especially those children who prefer to learn outdoors.”
The inspector also praised partnerships with parents, the high-quality toys on offer and the opportunities for regular training for staff, who she says know the children well and are very good role models.
The Good rating maintains the previous judgement after an inspection in 2016, with the bonus of one Outstanding category.
When considering the children's personal development, behaviour and welfare, Ms Allotey said: “Children behave exceptionally well. Staff find inspiring ways
to give children experiences that enhance their understanding of others and the wider community. For example, they regularly do anonymous 'random acts of kindness' for people less fortunate than themselves. This teaches children excellent values.”
She added that “Children form very caring relationships and bonds with their key person and other staff. Children settle very quickly and they are extremely happy at the nursery.”
Children make good progress in their learning and development at Hillside, the report said and they are motivated and keen to learn with good concentration and listening skills.
Hillside Day Nursery also operates from a bungalow in the nearby grounds of the Kingswood Foundation Estate which was also rated Good in its inspection in September 2017.
Sarah Cook and Donna Pepper, who own and manage the nursery, said: “We are so proud of our team, our children and our amazing little nurseries!
“We can’t thank our parents and carers enough for all the support they give us. We, along with our team, have worked incredibly hard to maintain the nursery’s Good grading.”