Kennet Day Nursery Given ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted Judgement

CHILDREN enjoy highly stimulating and challenging activities at Kennet Day Nursery and are exceptionally well prepared for school, say Ofsted inspectors.

The nursery based at Reading Borough Council’s Civic Offices received an overall ‘Outstanding’ judgement following an inspection in July.

The report says all children make exceptional progress at the nursery and that behaviour is excellent.

Staff training opportunities are also described as exceptional and worthy of sharing with others.

The nursery is also praised for celebrating the culture and diversity of all the children and working with parents to help children learn about the differences between themselves and others in society.

Staff support children who are learning to speak English as an additional language and organise special events, such as a visit to a local Sikh temple.

The report says safeguarding is effective, staff work exceptionally well with professionals such as health visitors and speech therapists and regular meetings are held to discuss children’s progress.

It continues: “Staff encourage positive relationships between children, subtly teaching them right from wrong, while reinforcing good behaviour, such as sharing and taking turns. Staff encourage children to develop independence skills, such as putting on coats, washing hands and eating healthy meals.”

The report concludes: “Children develop excellent skills in preparation for their next stage of learning.”

Councillor Tony Jones, Reading’s Lead Councillor for Education, said: “It was a huge pleasure to read such a glowing Ofsted report about the Kennet Day Nursery.

“It confirms what parents have known all along; that they are leaving their children in very safe hands in an outstanding setting.

“I would like to congratulate all the staff, parents and children for the part they played in securing this excellent result.”


David Millward

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