It’s all systems Grow for nursery

Alfie Bradley blows a dandelion clock with manager Helen Blackwood-Wallace at the Ready Steady Grow nursery

Alfie Bradley blows a dandelion clock with manager Helen Blackwood-Wallace at the Ready Steady Grow nursery

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A DAY nursery which has only been open seven months has been given a good report after it was inspected by education standard chiefs.

Ready Steady Grow Day Care Centre, in Elwick Road, Hartlepool, only opened its doors in August last year but Ofsted inspectors said the leadership team and staff have made a “strong and successful start”.

Children are said to be happy and well supported in the nursery and the report states that the welfare of each child is well monitored, supported and safeguarded.

The inspection of the nursery, which employs 10 childcare staff and has 41 children on the roll, was carried out last month.

The report said: “Overall the quality of the provision is good.

“The whole staff team are dedicated and focused on meeting children’s individual needs, and overall, partnerships with parents are good.”

The report continued: “Children are happy and settled in this friendly setting.

“Staff are warm and welcoming and appear to be genuinely pleased to be caring for the children.”

Inspectors said children have an increasing understanding of what to do in case of an emergency and said the leadership team are clear about their child protection responsibilities.

The report also praises staff for raising awareness of the importance of caring for the environment and states good provision is made to promote children’s health.

It says: “Children get lots of fresh air and the availability of suitable clothing means they can experience all types of weather. Provision for meals is extremely good.

“Children are provided with healthy snacks, such as fresh fruit platters, and cooked meals throughout the day.”

For the nursery to improve further written parental permission must be requested to the seeking of any necessary emergency medical advice and treatment for a small number of children, a legal requirement which wasn’t in place at the time of inspection.

But the report did state that permission is in place for a large majority of children.

Nursery manager Helen Blackwood-Wallace said: “We are really pleased to have achieved such a good rating right from the start.

“But we were even happier to read how the inspectors had found our children to be so happy, secure and cherished by staff.

“But while the inspection rated our nursery as good we won’t be resting on our laurels.”