Ladybird nursery in ‘good’ hands says Ofsted
20 November 2014
Ladybird nursery, which is run and managed by Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, has been rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted in its latest inspection.
The nursery, based in a converted house next to the hospital, is
open all year round and provides childcare, learning and play for
nearly 90 children aged from three months to four years old.
Lynda Bartholomew, nursery manager, said: "I am thrilled for the
staff and parents of children who attend Ladybird Nursery. We have
a dedicated and committed team here so it is great to see all of
our efforts recognised in this way."
In their report, Ofsted said that 'the new manager and her staff
team are passionate, conscientious practitioners. They have carried
out a major review of their practice and as a result, all the
actions set at last inspection have been successfully addressed.'
In their inspection Ofsted stated:
- Children and babies make good progress in their learning and
development because staff use effective teaching strategies and
plan interesting activities that cover each area of learning.
- Children and babies develop strong bonds with their key persons
and, as a result, they make secure emotional attachments that
promote their well-being.
- Safeguarding procedures are robust and rigorous and promote the
safety and welfare of all children who attend.
- Positive and well-established relationships between staff and
parents, external agencies and local schools ensures that
children's individual needs are fully understood and effectively
It's been a fantastic turnaround by the whole nursery team since
the last inspection nine months ago, which saw the nursery rated as
'inadequate'. The intention now is to build on the improvements
made during the last nine months and aim for one grade higher, for
It was felt not to be 'outstanding' yet as staff do not always
maximise the opportunities for gathering information from parents
about children's skills and abilities, to promptly assess starting
points and inform planning of activities and experiences from the
outset, and opportunities for children to explore and use
technology within everyday play have not been fully embraced as
some resources weren't at children's levels. Ofsted did say that
'all children were well cared for and make good progress in their
learning and development'. Ofsted wrote that 'children gain many
skills, abilities and attitudes that enhance their development
across the seven areas of learning.
Lynda, who was appointed as the new nursery manager at the
beginning of April this year, has worked closely with the staff
team to make positive changes to the nursery added: "This has been
a real team effort and we are already working on putting Ofsted's
recommendations into place. Our dedicated staff have put an amazing
amount of hard work into helping improve the nursery. I would also
like to thank our parents and carers for their constant support
during this time".
The inspection also clearly highlighted that parents make very
complimentary comments about the staff team and say they value the
way staff help their children settle into the nursery.
Nadine Cohen from Great Wakering is an obstetric and gynaecology
rota coordinator at Southend Hospital, her daughter Phoebe, aged 3
½, has attended the nursery for the last three years. Nadine
said: "Staff are always so friendly, very approachable and the
nursery is flexible enough to respond to parent needs even at short
notice. Just as importantly Phoebe looks forward to attending each
and every day."
IMAGE: Ladybird nursery staff and students spell
out their success with handprints