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Forestdale nursery is satisfactory, says Ofsted

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THE Acorn Day Nursery and The Primary Club in Forestdale has been rated "satisfactory" by Ofsted inspectors, who visited on February 15.

In their report they stated: "Staff are friendly and supportive and as a result the children are happy and confident to express their needs and views.

"The setting effectively provides a warm, welcoming environment which is safe and secure and staff have an adequate awareness of how young children learn and provide a range of stimulating activities that engage the children."

However, the report does state that the school is not yet "good" because: "Parents do not all receive information regarding their children's progress and are not able therefore to contribute fully to their child's learning.

"The strategies in place to help staff support children's behaviour are not effective, especially for children with special educational needs/disabilities and staff do not always challenge negative comments regarding gender roles."

During the inspection a range of activities were observed in the toddler room and pre-school room in the garden and during the children's snack time.

The report stated that to improve the children must learn positive attitudes and challenge negative perceptions, particularly regarding gender.

An example in the report says: "Staff do not always challenge children's negative views to help them understand about the world around them. For example staff do not respond to a comment from children that only boys can be farmers."


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