‘Outstanding’ nursery is top for youngsters, say inspectors

New Beginnings Nursery at Southwick's Austin House Family Centre have good reason to be smiling to the New Year. They have just learned that a recent Ofsted inspection rated them as 'outstanding'.
New Beginnings Nursery at Southwick's Austin House Family Centre have good reason to be smiling to the New Year. They have just learned that a recent Ofsted inspection rated them as 'outstanding'.
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LITTLE ones are thriving at a Sunderland nursery which has been rated as outstanding.

Ofsted inspectors said New Beginnings in Southwick is outstanding in every area.

“The report is absolutely amazing,” said Lucy Taylor-Hall, manager at the nursery, which is based in Austin House Family Centre in Shakespeare Street. “It is just brilliant.

“We have a fantastic team of people here who work very, very hard. It is just a delight to be manager of this setting.”

The previous inspection graded New Beginnings as satisfactory and the nursery has made vast improvements.

In the report Ofsted inspectors were full of praise for the nursery, saying: “Staff promote all areas of children’s learning exceedingly well, with a particular strong focus on the programme for communication and language.

“Children’s needs are quickly identified and exceptionally well met through the robust and effective partnerships between parents, other providers and external agencies.”

The inspectors said the youngsters are highly confident and show an excellent level of independence for their age, as a result of a stimulating and exciting environment.

They said: “Secure emotional bonds are seen throughout the nursery as a result of the inspirational interactions between adults and children.

“Children have access to an extensive range of materials, with an emphasis on natural resources.

“Both indoor and outdoor areas are highly stimulating with excellent use of equipment, giving children opportunities to experience and explore a wide variety of play situations, including an enclosed sensory area to extend their learning.”

In their report inspectors said the management team monitors all aspects of practice and constantly striving for excellence.

They said: “As a result, the nursery team demonstrate exceptional practice which is worthy of disseminating to other settings.”

To further improve the quality of the early years provision, the nursery should extend opportunities to support children with special educational needs, such as using pictures or gestures in large group sessions.

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