Stoke Gifford Busy Bees rated ‘outstanding’

Photo of staff and children at Busy Bees Nursery in Stoke Gifford.

Busy Bees nursery in Stoke Gifford is celebrating after receiving an ‘outstanding’ rating following its latest Ofsted inspection.

Staff at the nursery, which is located in Simmonds View, say they are especially proud because fewer than one in ten ‘early years’ settings in the UK hold this rating.

The nursery received its exceptional ‘outstanding’ rating from Ofsted, the official body for inspecting schools, after attaining a perfect score in all four areas of inspection, namely: quality of teaching, learning and assessment; personal development, behaviour and welfare; outcomes for children; and the effectiveness of the leadership and management.

Ofsted praised the nursery’s quality of teaching, noting that: “Staff are highly committed to providing exciting and stimulating activities to promote all areas of learning. They use every opportunity to provide children with essential language and mathematical skills.”

Child development was given a special mention as Ofsted recognised that: “Children make exceptional progress from their starting points and are encouraged to become thoughtful, kind and extremely confident children who care about each other.”

Continuing their praise, within the ‘leadership and management’ assessment category, Ofsted said: “Managers are rigorous in their evaluation of the setting and are skilled in identifying priorities for improvement.”

Gillian Hill and Natasha Welham Clarke, the nursery managers, said:

“We have so many mixed emotions, but primarily we are so proud to have received this outcome. The team have together been developing their provision to ensure both the care and education of our children is offered at the highest level possible. And it is now so rewarding to see this come to fruition.”

“Both the children and their families are at the forefront of what we do and why we do it. We are passionate about delivering a service whereby all are valued and children flourish to become independent young learners. We are so immensely humbled to see how this has been perceived within the report.”

More information: Ofsted report

• To find out more, visit the Busy Bees Childcare website.

This article originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 34). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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