Two Thurrock nurseries praised by Ofsted

TWO Thurrock nurseries were highly praised by Ofsted last week.

Jack and Jill Nursery is based at South Ockendon Church Hall in West Road.
It was inspected in November.

The report stated:

Children quickly settle in this small, homely pre-school. They form strong attachments to their key person and each other.

The quality of teaching is good. Staff understand how children learn and plan activities based on their individual needs and interests. Children make very good progress in their learning.

Staff encourage children’s communication and language well. They make the most of all opportunities to ask open-ended questions, engage children in conversation and give them time to express their thoughts and ideas.

Children’s behaviour is good. Staff use effective methods to motivate children to behave well and to try hard. Staff consistently recognise individual achievements and give praise for children’s efforts.

Parents speak highly of the staff team and the good service they receive.

The manager and staff are very effective in providing an inclusive environment for all children. They plan activities and experiences that help children to respect and celebrate differences and diversity.

Twizzle Tops Day Nursery is based at The Boardwalk in Lakeside.
They were inspected in November 2016.

The report stated:

The quality of teaching is good. There is a strong focus on building the staff’s professional development and skills, for example, by regular supervision and accessing courses.

Staff keep parents well informed about their children’s progress. They give parents ideas about how to support their children’s learning at home. These good partnerships with parents have a positive impact on children’s learning and development.

Staff are very good role models and are calm and polite when they speak to children. As a result, children learn to play together well, treat others with respect and their behaviour is very good.

 Children who require additional support in their learning make good progress as teaching is focused on their individual needs and interests. Children who speak English as an additional language are particularly well supported. They make rapid progress in their understanding of English.

Children are supported to keep themselves safe through daily routines and activities. For example, they learn about road safety when they go for walks in the local area. The regular fire evacuation drills enable children to learn how to protect themselves in the event of an emergency.

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