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University of Sussex nursery given Ofsted’s top rating

Inspirational leadership and “wonderfully nurturing” staff have helped The Co-operative Childcare Falmer nursery at the University of Sussex to achieve an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating.

The nursery, which is located at the University’s Falmer campus near Brighton, was also praised by Ofsted for its “exceptionally inclusive environment”.

Taking place in November 2017, this was the first Ofsted inspection at the nursery since April 2014, when it was rated as “good”, following The Co-operative Childcare and University’s £2.1million investment in the site earlier that year.

In this latest report, Ofsted inspector Ben Parsons praised the nursery staff, who “work tirelessly” to ensure children receive the individually tailored care and learning they need. He said: “All children, including those who have special educational needs (SEN), receive every opportunity to progress to their full potential.”

The inspector commented particularly on the staff’s “superb relationships” with the children, noting that “their wonderfully nurturing approach helps children to feel exceedingly happy, secure and settled”. He added: “Staff value children's individuality extremely highly and are completely attentive to their every need.”

In addition, Mr Parsons noted that “staff provide parents with excellent support”, and observed: “Parents are completely engaged in their children's learning.”

The inspector also commented: “Staff provide an exceptionally challenging learning environment for all children, with extensive opportunities and resources for play, exploration and discovery.”

The nursery, which caters for students and staff at the University, as well as the wider Brighton under 5’s community, is based in an impressive setting. It includes a large outside area with an array of equipment, including water features, slides, a sand pit and a road for bikes and cars.

Karen Parker, Nursery Manager at The Co-operative Childcare Falmer nursery, said: “We are so pleased to get the result that our hard work deserves.

“Since the previous inspection in 2014, the whole team has worked hard to ensure we offer only the highest-quality childcare.

“This ‘outstanding’ rating means that our Falmer nursery is effective in delivering provision that meets the needs of all children well, ensuring they are ready for their next stage of learning.”

For more information, please call the nursery on 0800 954 0669.

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Posted on behalf of: Co-operative Childcare
Last updated: Tuesday, 2 January 2018


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