A nursery rated inadequate by Ofsted has turned itself around and been awarded a good rating within just six months.
Staff and parents at Acorn Day Nursery in Roman Road, Luton, were “overjoyed” when the report was published on Christmas Eve.
Manager Christiane Fisher described it as “a brilliant ending to an otherwise stormy year”.
Ofsted inspector Kelly Eyre said in her report: “Overall, the positive attitude of the nursery manager and all practioners is to be commended and has played a significant part in improving their practice and achieving a higher grade. As a result, the children are now cared for in a well-organised environment and are offered a creative variety of activities and resources that stimulate and motivate them.”
Staff were praised for their good teaching methods, well-planned activities, good use of resources, communication with children and strong relationships with the children’s families.
Ms Eyre said the children’s interest in stories is of particular note and with the staff’s support they are developing understanding and real enjoyment of all types of books.
There has been “considerable progress” since the last inspection, with staff attending further training and receiving practical support which has resulted in strong teaching techniques and knowledge.
To become an outstanding nursery, Ms Eyre suggested making better use of the outdoor play areas all year round.
Dr Fisher said: “Everyone at Acorn is fully committed to work towards an Ofsted “outstanding” at our next Ofsted inspection. We also look forward to opening our new independent school, Acorn Preparatory School,for primary school aged children this coming September.
“Management at Acorn wish to thank all their staff for their exceptional hard work, tenacity and courage during this challenging, but ultimately successful year. We also wish to give a special thank you to all our parents and advisors who never lost faith in us.”
By Connie Primmer