Seaford nursery improves its Ofsted rating

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A nursery which had been branded ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted has improved its rating.

Hopscotch Nursery, in Church Street, Seaford, still has some way to go before it earns the top ‘outstanding’ mark but staff said they were already working to achieve that goal.

The nursery was visited by inspector Jennifer Gee on May 13 and her findings were published on May 30.

Ms Gee described Hopscotch as having “a stimulating, well-resourced and welcoming indoor and outdoor environment, which supports children’s all round development and emotional well-being”.

However, she found inconsistencies with the quality of teaching at the nursery, and issues with the planning and assessment of the day’s activities.

Her report stated: “Children’s learning is not always maximised during group time activities in the preschool room. This is because there are inconsistencies in the quality of teaching.

“As a result, some children are not consistently challenged and do not have opportunities to think and build on their knowledge. Therefore, sometimes, they lose interest and become bored.”

Nursery manager Gemma Middleton pointed out the nursery had lost a teacher three weeks before the inspection and was in the process of recruiting a replacement.

She added: “We are working with Ofsted and hope to achieve a judgement of good or outstanding soon. Our whole Hopscotch team continue to work very hard to maintain our high standards of care. Our premises, resources and learning environment are second to none in the area.”

Ms Gee’s report acknowledged parents had been “very complimentary” about the nursery and the care provided for their children.

She said the families were given “good quality information” and formed strong partnerships with staff.

She also said Gemma and her team provided good support for children with additional needs.

One issue highlighted for improvement was the monitoring of children’s progress from the moment they entered the nursery until the day they left.

She said Hopscotch needed to: “make sure that staff always record children’s learning and development needs accurately and establish what children can and cannot do when they first start at the nursery, particularly recording babies’ skills in physical development.”

Manager Gemma added: “We are working with Ofsted and hope to achieve a judgement of good or outstanding soon. Our whole Hopscotch team continue to work very hard to maintain our high standards of care.

“Our premises, resources and learning environment are second to none in the area. We urge families to come and visit us as I’m sure they will be amazed at our outdoor and indoor facilities.”

The nursery will be holding a Macmillan tea party on Saturday July 18 from 2pm to 4pm and we will be donating £1 to the charity for everyone who attends.

On Saturday August 15, an open day will be held from 10am to noon.

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