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Portland Road – Ofsted Inspection 2013

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There was an unannounced Ofsted inspection at Hopscotch Portland Road on 3rd May 2013.

Read the Ofsted Inspection Report

Congratulations to Gemma Middleton and her staff team for this excellent report. They received an Outstanding judgement in The contribution of the early years provision to the well-being of children. This judgement is a well deserved official acknowledgement of the staff team’s dedication and commitment to the children in their care and their families, and their hard work over the past years. We are very proud of them and their achievement – well done to the whole team!

Some of the inspectors comments are:
“Exceptionally good arrangements are in place to promote children’s emotional wellbeing and to build their confidence. They demonstrate an outstanding sense of security and belonging. They form trusting relationships with their key person and interact easily with staff and their friends. Children’s behaviour is superb. They are extremely friendly, sociable and outgoing.”
“The high level of physical challenge that the soft play equipment offers allows children to take risks in a carefully managed environment. They also play outdoors regularly. Staff ratios are high and staff deployment is wholly appropriate. Throughout the nursery children play with many high quality, imaginatively presented, resources. These significantly promote their learning and enjoyment.”
“The management and staff team fully recognise their responsibility to promote children’s learning and development. Effective arrangements are in place to monitor the success of educational programmes and ensure consistency throughout the nursery. Strong team working creates an efficient, harmonious environment. Regular team meetings, as well as individual staff supervisions, promote good information sharing. There is a strong culture of reflection and self-evaluation which involves all staff. This results in a service which is continually improving to meet the evolving needs of users as well reflecting changes in childcare practices”.


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