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Maidenhead Nursery School - excellent activities, superb resources and high level of choice

Article By: Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council

Children attending Maidenhead Nursery School not only enjoy their time there but are eager to attend and are full of 'enthusiasm and expectation' when they arrive each day.

That's one of the findings of the school's most recent Ofsted inspection, which came to the conclusion that the nursery is a good school with many outstanding features and where the ethos is wholly child-centred.

Children, says the newly-published report, relish an excellent curriculum that is highly relevant to their particular needs and provides an exceptional level of challenge in many instances. The report continues: "The excellent activities, superb resources and high level of choice available to children result in outstanding progress and achievement for all groups of children, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities."

The report also comments: "The outstanding element of teaching and the strong emphasis on child-initiated play means that all children receive high quality learning experiences… Most group times are superb and present exciting learning opportunities where children sit enthralled and are challenged exceptionally well in their learning development."

Cllr Eileen Quick, Cabinet Member for Children's Services congratulated Maidenhead Nursery on such a positive inspection. She said: "This report is recognition of the fine work that goes on there and a wonderful testament to the way the school puts children first in its day-to-day operation."

Other highlights of the report include: • Outcomes for children are 'outstanding' overall • The quality of care, guidance and support for children and their families is exemplary • A strong, caring ethos lies at the heart of the nursery's provision • Partnership with parents and carers is outstanding • The nursery promotes a highly-inclusive attitude and strives to meet the needs of every family • The effectiveness of provision for equal opportunities is outstanding.

Ofsted found that the nursery's resources are well-managed and, together with excellent outcomes, it provides outstanding value for money, with sustained capacity for improvement.

There is praise too for the strong leadership of governors and of headteacher Helen McHale - dedicated to the continuous development and improved outcomes for children.

The report highlights just two areas for further improvement - enhancing the quality of children's learning by refining the delivery and impact of group times, and building partnerships with other early years providers so that youngsters attending more than one setting benefit from the collaboration.

Ms McHale said the report was a boost for everyone in the school community. She added: "We are constantly striving to do our very best for our children. We take a huge pride in making Maidenhead Nursery School a warm, welcoming and stimulating environment where children feel safe, where they are challenged to develop and where their parents and carers are comfortable with everything we do.

"We appreciate the positive outcome of the inspection and we are already taking on board the recommendations for further improvement. Our aim is to keep on getting better for the benefit of every child who comes through our doors."