Sunderland nursery is outstanding, say watchdogs

Staff and students at Bright Stars Nursery.
Staff and students at Bright Stars Nursery.
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Sunderland little stars are shining bright, say Ofsted inspectors.

Bright Stars Nursery in Hendon has been awarded the highest accolade of outstanding following a recent visit from the education watchdogs.

The nursery, which is attached to Hudson Road Primary School in Villiers Street South, was placed in the highest category in all four areas of the quality and standards of Early Years provision.

It was found that the setting’s unique environment is ‘Meticulously planned and regularly reviewed to ensure the children’s needs and interests are continuously met’ and that ‘Children display an excellent knowledge of how to keep themselves safe through a range of challenging and creative activities’ such as the supervised outdoor fire pit.

Nursery manager Louise Austin said: “We have a highly-motivated team and a unique setting that allows us to provide opportunities for children to be adventurous and creative, which helps to develop a good understanding of themselves as individuals.

“We are all so proud to achieve the outstanding grade, and would like to thank the parents as they play such a huge part in the nursery with their continuing support and understanding.”

The report also highlighted that the ‘manager and deputy manager form a dynamic team with an infectious enthusiasm for continuous improvement’ and that ‘teaching is inspirational and tailored carefully to the individual needs and interests of children.’

Louise added: “A parent said of the Ofsted report that they were really pleased with the report and the atmosphere is great for the kids, staff are brilliant and my child loves the nursery.”

In their report, inspectors said: “Staff form trusting and meaningful relationships with children. Children feel safe, secure and are extremely confident in their care.

“Parents are extremely happy with the level of care and standard of education in the nursery. They feel very much involved in nursery life.

“Children are extremely well prepared for the next stage in their learning.

“Robust assessment and planning systems help to ensure all children make excellent progress from their individual starting points.

“All children make very good progress.

“Children with lower starting points catch up quickly, and some children make outstanding progress.”