Rainbow rises on good Ofsted report

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Children and staff at Rainbow Nursery, Long Sutton, are basking in their own form of good weather after a positive report from Ofsted inspectors.

Teaching standards, children’s behaviour and a “good vision” from manager Mandy Watton and her committee for the nursery’s development were all highlighted in a report this month from Ofsted inspector Sharon Alleary.

The report comes five years after the nursery was only given a satisfactory rating and Mandy said the improvement was evidence of the hard work put in by her staff since the last inspection in 2009.

Mandy said: “We are very pleased with the report because the goalposts have been moved by Ofsted since the last inspection.

“This report was under the new framework and we had a good outcome in all areas, with some outstanding comments from the inspector.

“She was impressed with the children’s behaviour and the access they had to a wide variety of resources to help them develop their learning.

“There’s a lot of hard work that has gone into the nursery in the last five years but the team has been working really well together.”

The inspector did however identify two areas for further improvement, including better management of staff performance through supervision and more involvement of parents in their children’s learning and development.

Mandy said: “We’re working on diferent ways of involving all parents and reaching those who are hard to reach either because English is their second language or parents who work full-time.

“We’re also putting a supervision and development system in place that will work on a peer-to-peer observations basis.”

In her report, Ofsted inspector Sharon Alleary said: “Teaching is good overall, with elements that are outstanding.

“Children make good progress because staff have a thorough understanding of how they learn and develop, promoting their learning effectively.

“However there is scope for the nursery to develop a wider variety of strategies that enable harder-to-reach families to become more involved in sharing their children’s learning and development from home.

“The manager and supporting committee have a very good vision for the nursery’s development.”