Ofsted inspectors praise outstanding Barnwell Academy Daycare nursery and its "highly skilled staff"

Barnwell Academy Daycare nursery has been praised by Ofsted inspectors for its “highly skilled staff” and “robust curriculum” after being judged outstanding following its latest inspection.

Sunday, 19th December 2021, 6:00 am

The nursery, which is located in New Penshaw, was judged outstanding in all areas with inspectors highlighting the “very happy children at this welcoming nursery”.

The report also praised the children’s “excellent behaviour” and the care of the “nurturing staff” who “have superb relationships with

the children and know them individually very well”.

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Lead inspector Julie Foers was particularly impressed with the nursery’s curriculum in developing the children both physically and academically in preparation for school.

She stated: “Children benefit greatly from a range of exciting and challenging experiences. For example, they use a variety of brushes and paint rollers to make marks with water during play outside. This helps develop children's larger muscles, balance and coordination in preparation for later tasks, such as early writing.

"There is superb support for children's physical development. Children navigate wheelbarrows along winding paths in the nursery garden. They use their whole bodies as they climb up steps and slopes and slide back down.”

Staff and students at Barnwell Academy Daycare nursery celebrate their outstanding Ofsted inspection.

Ms Foers was fulsome in her praise of staff and management who she said were “excellent role models” and had a “a deep understanding of how young

children develop”.

The nursery was also commended for the relationships established with families.

The report stated: “Parents speak highly of staff and the quality of education and care they provide. They comment they feel informed about their child's day. The manager and staff work hard to involve parents in their children's learning.

"For example, staff provide paper bags for parents and children to take home and fill with natural objects found during autumn walks. Children are encouraged to bring these back to nursery to share with their friends.

"Staff put on fun events to encourage parents to share stories with their children at bedtime.”

After being informed of the judgement, headteacher at Barnwell Academy, Ashley Emerson, said: “We are over the moon with the judgement, particularly in light of the impacts of the Covid pandemic. It has been a real team effort alongside our very supportive community.

"I’m really pleased inspectors recognised the quality of our curriculum and welfare provision and also our support for children with special educational needs and disabilities.”

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