Inspectors praise changes at Bracknell nursery

Published: 20 May 2013 17:300 comments

A NURSERY and pre-school is celebrating after it received an improved Ofsted inspection - meaning it is now rated as 'good'.

Dolphin Nursery, in Wok-ingham Road, Bracknell, which is open to children up to the age of five, had been listed as 'satisfactory' following an inspection in 2009. Staff are delighted that the hard work has paid off with the improved grading to 'good'.

Manager Jackie Knee said:

"We had a bit of a change in team throughout the nursery in the past four years. They've worked really well together, coming up with new ideas and making us different from everyone else. They're a really, really good team and the children feel really cared for."

Ofsted inspectors visited Dolphin - an independent nursery and pre-school with about 100 youngsters - last month and praised it for the changes they found. The report said: "strong leadership and reflective practice have resulted in children making good progress.

"Children are happy and confident. An effective system ensures very close relationships are formed between adults and children. Parents speak highly of the nursery and feel that their children are fully supported by the staff.

"Children are developing strong early literacy skills and experience many opportunities to enjoy stories and books in comfortable cosy areas.

Ms Knee said the report had backed up the hard work

of her team. She said: "We're proud to make the children happy and we're doing everything we can to make this a great place for them.

"It makes it all worthwhile when parents say they're happy because that's what we're here to do." The inspectors said the school still has work to do to be rated "outstanding" - primarily by extending children's speech and language skills.

Ms Knee said there would be no let-up by the nursery team as they aim to keep improving. She said: "We're going to continue with what we're doing. We're working on all the rooms and we will work on the areas the inspectors have mentioned where we can improve."

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