Inspectors’ list for struggling nursery

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EDUCATION chiefs say a city nursery needs to improve.

Ofsted inspectors gave the Little Acorns Day Nursery in Washington a three rating, which means it requires improvement.

The report, into the Staithes Road nursery, said: “Children make good progress. This is because staff skilfully plan and provide a wide variety of stimulating and interesting activities that inspire children’s enthusiasm for learning. Children are well behaved and form positive relationships with adults and peers. They are encouraged and praised and their efforts are acknowledged appropriately.

“Children are effectively safeguarded because robust systems are in place to ensure all staff have a secure knowledge and understanding of child protection procedures, which ensures they act appropriately to safeguard children.”

However, they said staff do not always record accidents so 
parents are not always notified, and the monitoring of staff is not robust enough to identify where improvements can be made.

Ofsted also said opportunities for children to develop their literacy and numeracy skills outdoors are not as effective as indoors 
because there are fewer resources to promote the regular and purposeful use of letters, signs and symbols.

Inspectors said the nursery needs to address these issues in order to improve further.