Sunderland nursery does the double with second ‘outstanding’ Ofsted inspection

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LITTLE ones are thriving in a nursery which has been rated as outstanding for the second time.

Ofsted inspectors heaped praise on the Pennywell Early Years Centre after their latest visit.

The report into the Portsmouth Road centre, said: “Children thrive in a nursery where their needs are put first. The key-person system works exceptionally well to encourage children to feel welcomed and valued.

“Children show high levels of independence, curiosity, imagination and concentration. The educational programme reflects a range of rich, varied and imaginative experiences that are exceptional in meeting the needs of all children.”

Judy Donnelly, manager at the centre, said: “It has been a very successful year for all our families and for the staff as well. We have had to have a continuous programme of action to achieve these things.”

As well as gaining its second successive outstanding verdict from Ofsted, the nursery has also become the first in the city to get the new Early Years Healthy Schools Award from the local authority and the national ICAN communication status for the second time.

The Ofsted report went on to say: “Staff’s excellent understanding of the prime and specific areas of learning and development helps them to plan effectively around children’s interests and abilities. Children with identified special educational needs and/or disabilities are supported very effectively.

“Communication and language is a strong focus at the setting.”

The inspectors said staff at the Sunderland nursery value what children have to say and listen carefully to them during their activities.

They also provide excellent opportunities for children to develop strong writing skills.

They said partnerships with parents are excellent, and staff visit the children at home before they join the nursery.

Inspectors said: