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A Co-operative Childcare nursery which has ‘highly skilled and motivated staff’, values each child and works closely with parents has been judged as outstanding by a government inspector.
The Early Birds Nursery School in Walsall Wood, Walsall, was praised for its exceptionally high quality provision by an Ofsted inspector who gave it top marks across all areas of the business.
Debbie Pritchard, Manager of the 50-place nursery, said: “It is fantastic that our commitment to providing quality early years education and childcare has been recognised in this way. It is very much a team effort and our skilled and dedicated professionals work hard to give the children the best opportunities to learn and develop in a happy, caring and stimulating environment.
“News of our success has created a great deal of interest and increased demand for places. We would advise any parents who are thinking of sending their children here not to leave it too late before they put their names down.”
The nursery became part of The Co-operative Childcare after The Midcounties Co-operative acquired it earlier this year.
The inspector’s report said: “Children play a dynamic role in this setting, supported by highly skilled and motivated staff. The new organisation and the manager are instrumental in bringing about significant improvements to practice. This results in every child making excellent progress in the Early Years Foundation Stage, based upon their individual starting points and abilities,
“There is a cohesive drive to ongoing improvement with clear action places and systems in place for consulting with parents, children and the staff team.”
The manager was praised for her passion and drive and the inspector said the nursery team had embraced the new owner’s ethos and woven their strong commitment into the changes to bring about a lively and stimulating environment.
Every child was highly valued and respected by staff, the report said, and the children were extremely settled and confident in the nursery. “The close working with parents and other professionals and agencies ensures a consistent and individualised approach is planned for each child in order to achieve,” the inspector reported.
The children’s progress was shared with parents who could also attend certain sessions to gain an insight into what and how their children learned through play.
Food was also a winner with the children said to “tuck in with relish to their freshly cooked meals”. The report added: “Many ask for second helpings and menus are discussed with parents in advance so that any particular needs or preferences can be identifies and the menu adapted.”
Mike Abbott, General Manager Childcare, said: “We believe in giving parents the choice of an ethical business based on co-operative values and our Walsall nursery is a fine example of what we want to achieve.”
The Co-operative Childcare runs 47 nurseries and two after school clubs across the country.