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Inspection joy for Darlington nursery
12:12pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
STAFF and children at a Darlington nursery are celebrating after it received a thumbs-up from the education watchdog.
Inspectors from Ofsted visited Busy Bees, in Newton Lane, in August.
The nursery, which changed its name from Just Learning, earlier in the year, was assessed as providing a good standard of early years education.
Inspector Heather Dakin found that children with special educational needs or disabilities are effectively supported.
Her report states: “Children are happy, motivated and eager to learn. They demonstrate high levels of confidence, because staff provide good resources and a very effective learning environment.”
She said the nursery provides a very nurturing environment for children.
Ms Dakin added that the nursery, which has 98 children on its books, is not yet classed as outstanding.
This, she said, was because staff development, while accurately identified, is not always effectively managed.
As a result, not all staff receive training directly linked to their individual needs.
Nursery manager Suzanne Cartwright-Powton said she was ‘very, very pleased’ at the outcome of the inspection.
During her visit, Ms Dakin observed children and looked at a sample of learning journals and held discussions with staff, children and parents.
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