Bright Horizons nursery ‘walks’ through its inspection to achieve another Outstanding

Karen Faux
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Jo Bullock, manager at Bright Horizons Great Cornard Day Nursery, flags up the ‘different feel’ of its recent inspection and describes it as the best so far.

Bright Horizons Great Cornard Day Nursery and Preschool in Sudbury, Suffolk, has been rated Outstanding for the fourth consecutive time following its most recent Ofsted inspection in August.

The nursery was rated as Outstanding in all four areas of inspection: Effectiveness of the leadership and management; Quality of teaching, learning; Personal development, behaviour and welfare; Assessment and outcomes for children.

Although Great Cornard was inspected just before the implementation of the new inspection framework, manager Jo Bullock reports the process had a very different feel and believes it augurs well for inspections going forward. Staff had received training from Bright Horizons in anticipation of the changes, and this stood them in good stead.

Jo says: ‘It was the best Ofsted experience we’ve had and I would even describe it as a lovely day. We took the inspector on a “learning walk” throughout the nursery, during which I not only introduced her to every room but talked in depth about our practice in each one, and I approached it in the way that I would if I was taking a parent on a tour. It was different to the old “show arounds” of previous inspections when it was really a case of giving the inspector their bearings.

‘This time the tour provided opportunities to talk about initiatives such as our home bags, which we use to get parents’ feedback, and how this is used to enhance our provision. Candy Floss, our health and safety mascot featured strongly in the report. When the inspector observed interactions between children and staff in the rooms, she already had a lot of information about how they are set up and how we work.

‘The tour naturally tied in with questions about our leadership and it all felt a lot smoother than sitting in the office, answering questions from the other side of the desk. Having received training, I felt very confident about talking to the inspector and it all felt very natural.’

Praise for its practice
Inspection activities included the inspector speaking with children and staff throughout the inspection and holding a meeting with both the nursery manager and quality development manager. Comments from the report included:

  • Children form very secure emotional attachments with staff. Staff enthusiastically use every interaction as an opportunity to build relationships and develop children’s understanding and use of language.
  • Partnership working is superb. Parents are actively involved and receive a wealth of information about the nursery, their children’s progress and ways to support learning at home.
  • Staff monitor and track the progress of individual children and different groups exceptionally well. This enables them to identify any gaps rapidly. Children make excellent progress from their starting points, which gives them the very best possible chance to succeed.

Find out more about the nursery here

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