AN outdoor nursery has proved a huge hit with education watchdogs.
Staff and children at Boldon Nursery School are celebrating being rated as outstanding for the second time.
We have a real family ethos at Boldon, where children, parents, staff, governors and the community all work extremely hard to make the nursery the success it is.Sue Stokoe, headteacher
Headteacher Sue Stokoe said: “Since the last outstanding inspection we have worked hard to improve and raised the bar even higher, particularly looking at more responsive and in-the-moment planning to meet the needs of all children.
“We also developed our inside space, which now fully supports our outdoor nursery and looks nothing like a typical nursery classroom.
“I believe the amount of time and space we allow children for learning and the skilful adults results in outstanding achievement.
“We have a real family ethos at Boldon, where children, parents, staff, governors and the community all work extremely hard to make the nursery the success it is, by caring, supporting and challenging each other.”
In their report into the Reginald Street school, Ofsted inspectors said: “The inspirational and forward-thinking headteacher inspires a highly effective staff team who ensure that all children are provided with rich and interesting learning experiences.
“Children make rapid and sustained progress from starting points below those typical for their age. Consequently, their achievement is outstanding, enabling them to catch up quickly.”
They said teaching is outstanding and the high expectations for each child ensure they all realise their potential.
Inspectors went on to say: “Behaviour is outstanding. Children are considerate and kind. They are highly motivated and extremely eager to join in a wide range of activities, whether inside or outdoors. They demonstrate high levels of curiosity, imagination and focus when investigating and exploring in the natural world around them.”
Inspectors said the children’s relationships with staff are excellent and assessment is rigorous and accurate.
They added: “Strategies to engage parents are highly positive and effective. Parents particularly appreciate that their views are valued by staff.
“The governing body is extremely well informed. Its members challenge and hold the staff to account in positive ways.”