‘Good’ rating for Ladybird Nursery says Ofsted
09 January 2018
‘Children are motivated learners who confidently involve adults in their play’ is just one of the highlights of the latest ‘good’ Ofsted inspection for Southend University Hospital’s Ladybird Nursery, which they described as being ‘a warm, nurturing environment for children.’
Ofsted also said that its manager, Lynda Bartholomew, 'has a
very clear understanding of the strengths and areas for
Lynda, said: "Running a successful and vibrant nursery such as
ours is a real team effort. Our dedicated and passionate staff put
in an amazing amount of hard work, so it is wonderful to have it
recognised in our 'good' rating.
"I'd also like to thank our parents and carers for their
The report also highlighted that 'all children's language is
supported effectively, including those who speak English as an
additional language' and that children who attend Ladybird 'are
well prepared for the next stage of their learning.'
The nursery, based in a converted house next to the hospital, is
open all year round and provides childcare, learning and play for
97 children aged from three months to five years old. It was last
inspected in 2014, where it also received a 'good' rating from
Sue Bridge, Head of HR Operations at Southend Hospital, said:
"Lynda and her team are justifiably proud of their achievement. The
nursery at the hospital provides a vital and much-loved service for
staff and local mums and dads. It's great to have this opportunity
to celebrate their continued success."
In their latest report, Ofsted said:
- Staff know the children well and have positive relationships
with them. Staff's genuine interest in, and care for, the children
is shown in ways in which they sensitively respond to children's
emerging needs. Staff consistently interact with children in an
interested and enthusiastic manner.
- Parents are very complimentary about the support the setting
offers to their children and to themselves. They talk about how
friendly the staff are and how they care for children as if they
were their own. Parents comment on the good communication and how
involved they feel in their child's day.
- Staff feel well supported by their leaders. For example,
regular room and team meetings, along with individual supervision
sessions, help top create a strong team ethos and a good capacity
to continue to develop.
- Children enjoy learning in a stimulating and exciting
environment indoors and outdoors. Staff work resourcefully to make
very good use of the premises, resources and the local environment,
to enhance children's learning opportunities.