Wisbech nursery is ‘outstanding’

First Steps Childcare staff and pupils celebrate after being rated as 'outstanding' by Ofsted.
First Steps Childcare staff and pupils celebrate after being rated as 'outstanding' by Ofsted.

A Fenland nursery is celebrating after a clean sweep of top marks from Ofsted.

Wisbech Day Nursery, owned by First Steps Childcare Ltd, has been rated as ‘outstanding’ in every aspect of early years education following its latest inspection.

Areas examined by the education watchdog were effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, personal development, behaviour and welfare of children and child outcomes.

Nursery manager and co-director Sarah Vick said: “We are all extremely proud of this fantastic result – it makes all the hard work worth it.

“It’s great to have what we do recognised in this way”.

In a glowing report, published last week, inspector Jacqueline Baker said children “develop an enthusiasm for learning from a very young age” and “relish in the excellent teaching.”

“Children cannot wait to come into nursery at the start of the day,” she added.

Youngsters also learn to be independent, play happily with friends of all ages and older children are well-prepared to start big school.

The report also said leadership and management were “exceptional”.

She praised an “uncompromising” drive for improvement and said the dedication, skill and determination of Mrs Vick was “inspirational”.

“This has a great impact on staff who equally demonstrate a passion and commitment to providing children with the very best early years experiences,” she said.

The report said parents are valued partners and very enthusiastic to share their highly positive feedback about the nursery.

They readily say that staff ‘go the extra mile’ and support families exceptionally well, both with children’s learning at home and in practical ways in times of need.

“This partnership contributes greatly to children’s success at the nursery,” it said.

Ms Baker also praised the nursery’s “excellent support” given to children with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

The nursery, in Lynn Road, Wisbech, provides care for children from birth to 11 years, with full and part-time childcare, government-funded education for two, three and four-year-olds, and breakfast and after school care.