Staff at a St Ives nursery have proved they are truly kings of the castle after being rated Outstanding by Ofsted for the second time.
Castle Kids, which is based in the Woodlands building in the grounds of Tregenna Castle Resort, was praised for its excellent teaching skills and the confidence and happiness of children attending the nursery.
Leah Hill, from Castle Kids, said: “We take great pride in what we do and are thrilled to have once again been rated Outstanding by Ofsted.
“The whole team works extremely hard to provide the best possible environment for our children to ensure they have the confidence and skills to progress not just throughout their time at Castle Kids, but into school and beyond.”
The nursery offers 22 places for youngsters ranging in age from 0-8 years, with another 43 currently on its roll.
Following an inspection by Ofsted last month (May), the report said staff had an “in-depth understanding” of children’s development and highlighted the “excellent” use of their outdoor environment, which is used to encourage children to discuss, study and identify their surroundings and local insects and wildlife.
In the report, inspector Lynne Bowden said: “Diligent monitoring of children’s progress enables staff to accurately assess and plan for children’s learning. This leads to children being keen and eager learners who make very strong progress.
“Children learn through well-planned and spontaneous activities. Excellent use is made of the outdoor environment for children’s investigation and exploration.”
As a result of their investigations, the report also said the children demonstrated “excellent early writing skills”. It also highlighted the fact that, well supported by staff, the activities promoted the children’s excellent physical, communication and early literacy skills, in addition to their understanding of the world, causing them to develop strong skills for future learning.
Staff’s communication with each other, parents and local schools to ensure on going development and confidence among the children was also recognised. Including the children in identifying their next steps was also noted as helping them to recognise and celebrate their own achievements.
James Parker, Operations Director at Tregenna Castle Resort, said: “We are incredibly proud of Castle Kids. To be rated Outstanding for a second time is an amazing achievement. As a family-orientated resort, we pride ourselves on providing the highest quality facilities that appeal to all ages, and our nursery offering is no different. I would like to say well done and a huge thank you to the whole team for their on going hard work and commitment.”
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