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Rainbow Day Nursery celebrates going from ‘requires improvement’ to ‘good’

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The Rainbow Day Nursery, managed by the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust to provide day care for children of parents who are employees of the Trust, has been rated ‘good’ by Ofsted.


Last week, it saw its Ofsted rating raised from ‘requires improvement’ to ‘good’ with inspectors reporting that since the last inspection leaders have reviewed all aspects of leadership and management and have made significant, concerted and continuous improvements and that these are having a positive impact on the outcomes for children.


Inspectors noted that support has been increased for the professional development of all staff who have regular supervisory sessions, monitoring and training to improve their knowledge and skills.


The quality of teaching, learning and assessment are good, and the systems used to monitor individual children’s progress have improved.  Staff encourage children to make choices in their play from a good range of resources which are inviting and easily accessible, taking into account children’s individual interests and using these to carefully plan what they need to learn next, and ensuring children's emotional and physical wellbeing are also met.


Staff know the children in their care well and provide effective support to enable them to feel safe and secure.  The personal development, behaviour and welfare of the children are a high priority, and staff act as appropriate role models and help children to understand clear expectations and boundaries.


Children develop a range of skills in readiness for their move on to school and the next stage in their learning. Babies and young children have many opportunities to develop their physical skills as they explore outdoors and successfully use a range of equipment. Older children successfully develop early literacy and mathematical skills.


Don Fairley, Director of Workforce, said: “The team at Rainbow Day Nursery has worked exceptionally hard over the past year to achieve this grading from Ofsted, and I would like to especially thank Nicola Hipgrave, Nursery Manager, and Lucy Allen, Deputy Nursery Manager for their hard work and dedication in leading the team to achieve this result.


“Although we have made great improvements we know there are areas that need more work and the report will help us to focus on these.  I am confident that our work will ensure we continue to make progress to provide the highest standard of childcare for the children in our nursery.”

26 June 2018


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