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A nursery in Harlow has been rated outstanding by Ofsted for the fourth time in a row, with inspectors finding managers have ‘exceptionally high expectations of staff and of children's achievements’.
In its report, the early years regulator said staff at the Kiddi Caru Day Nursery Harlow had ‘outstanding’ interactions with children.
‘They talk to children constantly. Staff explain, give instructions and ask questions skilfully, and children develop excellent communication and language skills,’ according to inspectors.
Ofsted also found that ‘babies and children form especially close attachments to staff and run to them for cuddles. This helps children to feel safe, secure and extremely well settled’.
Louise Farrow, manager of the nursery, which is registered for a hundred children, said: “We’re all immensely proud to have received a fourth outstanding report from Ofsted in a row. The team here works very hard and they all do a fantastic job, without them the nursery would not be able to provide such a consistently exceptional offering for the children and their parents. We are really over the moon and a nursery wide celebration is definitely in order!”
The report highlights the ‘exceedingly high standard’ of teaching with managers and staff ‘expertly checking individual children's progress’.
The inspectors were also impressed with how the children are supported in leading their own play and developing their imaginations while staff extend their learning and encourage creative thinking through skilful interaction.
The nursery employs 31 members of staff. Of these, 25 hold early years qualifications at level 3 and above, and one holds qualified teacher status.
The nursery garden recently underwent a £100,000 makeover and now has a purpose built sensory lodge. The garden itself has been transformed into five main areas comprising a jungle garden, physical garden, baby garden, sensory garden and a water and construction play area.
Kiddi Caru’s 20 nurseries, which were run by The Childcare Corporation Limited, were bought last year by Grandir which owns Les Petite Chaperons Rouge (LPCR), comprising of over 300 nurseries in France.