Inspectors praise Houghton nursery

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CHILDREN at a Houghton nursery are happy and eager to learn, say Ofsted inspectors.

They rated Chilton Meadows Nursery as good overall.

In their report they said: “Teaching is securely based on practitioner’s thorough knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

“They, therefore, 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 extremely well, meaning that practitioners and families can work together to promote children’s learning and well-being.”

Inspectors said language and communication skills are well promoted, and children who have English as an additional language are supported in developing and extending their vocabulary, and in making good progress overall.

To improve the quality of the early years provision the nursery should further strengthen relationships with other early years providers.