Inspectors praise nursery

Angela Brown (rear centre) from Bush Babies Day care, with staff and children
Angela Brown (rear centre) from Bush Babies Day care, with staff and children

YOUNGSTERS are celebrating after their nursery was rated good by a team of inspectors.

Ofsted inspectors turned up unannounced to carry out the one-day inspection at Bush Babies Daycare, which is based in Hartlepool’s Rossmere Way.

They looked at all aspects of the nursery, which caters for children aged up to five and operates from Rossmere Sure Start Children’s Centre.

Bosses at the Hartlepool Borough Council-run centre say they are delighted with the inspection report.

Angela Brown, nursery manager at Bush Babies Daycare, said: “This is all down to the management, staff and parents working together and we are over the moon with the results.

“Everyone involved at the nursery is ecstatic and we are all really pleased with how the inspection went.”

The inspection, which praised the management and early years provision, was carried out just before Christmas last year.

In her report, lead inspector Janet Fairhurst said: “Overall the quality of the provision is good.

“Children benefit from the good knowledge and understanding the staff have of the early years foundation stage.

“Routines and activities are successfully organised, with a strong focus on building on children’s individual interests and needs.

“Staff clearly promote children’s welfare and learning, and confidently demonstrate a good knowledge and understanding of each child’s individual needs.

“The nursery demonstrates a positive approach to continuous improvements which is evident within their self-evaluation.”

Inspectors said the nursery could further improve by asking all parents to make their own contributions to their children’s learning journals and to further “embed the already good assessment system” to ensure there is consistency throughout all of the age groups.

The nursery has its own kitchen and has recently been awarded the Healthy Early Years award.

The site is open all year round and has 82 registered children, with 41 under fives allowed in at any one time.

Youngsters are currently aged between six months and four-years-old.

Bush Babies Daycare, which is open 51 weeks a year, has been registered since August 2000 and youngsters have access to an outdoor play area.

The nursery employs 17 members of staff, all of which are qualified in childcare.