A DAY nursery is celebrating a ‘phenomenal achievement’ after picking up its second ‘outstanding’ Ofsted report in succession.
Cheeky Monkeys Day Nursery held a pyjama party on Wednesday to celebrate gaining top marks in all the criteria set out by the education watchdog.
An inspector visited the Cheadle Road nursery in May, observing indoor and outdoor activities and lunch time routines.
The inspector also ensured children’s assessment records and staff qualifications were in order and got feedback from parents.
His report singles out the nursery’s attention to ‘sensory development’, which sees children experience ‘wonderful opportunities to explore the natural world’.
It was also praised for preparing youngsters well for school by developing their teamwork skills and concentration through ‘active play’.
Cheeky Monkeys staff were lauded for adapting their ‘learning pathways’ to suit each individual child’s needs.
The report reads: “Children's good health and well-being is highly prioritised, taking into account the benefits of nutritional research information about healthy brain development.
“The outdoor environment is used exceptionally well to ensure that children enjoy regular fresh air and exercise.
“Partnership with parents and other professionals are highly effective, leading to exceptionally successful outcomes for all children, particularly those with special educational needs or disabilities, and those who speak English as an additional language.
“This fosters a highly inclusive environment, in which all children achieve to their best potential and beyond.”
Amy Woolliscroft, Cheeky Monkeys’ deputy manager, said she was ‘delighted’ to have attained to successive ‘outstanding’ ratings.
She said: “It’s amazing to have got two in a row so we’re all chuffed to bits. It’s great to have the recognition that we provide the best possible service, which is what we’re constantly striving to do.
“I think the creative ways we have of educating and developing the youngsters in our care are a big part of our success.
“For example, we’ve started a ‘forest school’, where children do outdoor activities on a rural plot of land owned by our owner.
“We’ve also introduced a ‘socatots’ programme, where a professional coach comes in to teach the children basic ball skills.
“All the children are visibly content and happy and are mentally stimulated and excited by what we have to offer and we’ve had so much positive feedback from parents.”
A full copy of the report is available online at www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports, where unique reference number EY101429 should be entered.