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Chatteris kids' nursery celebrates good Ofsted

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A children’s nursery previously rated as ‘requires improvement’ is celebrating after being graded ‘good’ in all departments.

Ofsted rated Clarence House, in Bridge Street, Chatteris good for quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development and leadership and management.

There are 52 places for children from birth to four-year-old at the nursery and inspector Carly Mooney said leaders have worked hard since the last inspection to raise standards.

Clarence House staff and youngsters
Clarence House staff and youngsters

An effective system of constant risk assessment is now embedded to ensure children are cared for in a safe environment. Children’s dietary needs are known and adhered to by all staff.

The report said the new manager demonstrates passion and an ambitious vision for the future of the nursery.

She is well respected by staff, who welcome the experience and guidance she has to offer them.

Leaders consistently evaluate the ongoing performance of the nursery and have a clear plan for development. There is a very strong focus on the continuous improvement of staff practice to ensure children receive the very best learning experiences.

Staff demonstrate a good understanding of children’s personalities and individual learning styles and children benefit from meaningful learning.

The curriculum is planned well to build on what children already know and staff’s subject knowledge and teaching is of a consistently good level and exceptionally strong in some cases. They communicate well with children and provide good opportunities to strengthen and extend children’s learning as they play.

Children with special educational needs and/or disabilities receive good support, and partnership working with parents has greatly improved since the last inspection.

To further improve the quality of the early years provision, the report says Clarence House should strengthen partnerships with other settings that children attend, to improve information sharing and the development of a shared approach to supporting children’s care and learning.

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