A Wooler nursery at the heart of controversial changes to childcare in the village has been given an outstanding rating by Ofsted again.
Sure Start Day Nursery, based at Wooler Children’s Centre in Ryecroft Way, was inspected at the start of August and the report, published at the end of last month, rates it as outstanding in all three of the main categories.
But as of this month, the first school, along with the Sure Start centre and a pre-school, have all amalgamated onto the Glendale Middle School site.
As previously reported by the Gazette, this means there will be no provision to take on further 0 to two-year-olds, although the three currently enrolled will be looked after and the county council has said that it is ‘confident that over the next few months there will be provision in place’.
The streamlined provision also resulted in job losses with current employees having to reapply for a reduced number of roles in the new service.
The Ofsted report concluded that staff ‘provide a diverse range of exciting, interesting and engaging experiences for children’ and ‘engage with children and their parents as they enter the setting, warmly welcoming them, chatting about children’s needs and celebrating their achievements’.
It adds: ‘All staff are reflective, evaluative and work together to continually improve the setting.’
The inspectors also deemed the leadership excellent, while ‘the manager is skilled at analysing and using data to review the progress of individuals and groups of children to ensure high levels of progress are sustained over time’.