Ofsted praise for ‘good’ Armley nursery

Little Owls in Armley

Little Owls Nursery, opposite Armley Moor, offers a ‘good’ standard of education for children, Ofsted inspectors have said.

Inspectors visited the nursery, on Town Street, in October and inspectors rated all four areas – quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development and leadership and management – as ‘good’.

The report praises the curriculum and says staff are skilled at incorporating the teaching of mathematics into everyday activities. 

“Children arrive with enthusiasm,” the inspector said. “They show that they feel safe and secure and thoroughly enjoy their time at the nursery. Children are fully involved in making decisions, and their opinions and ideas are valued and respected. T

“They learn to manage their emotions by using books and resources, such as ’emotion cards’. Children confidently explore the indoor and outdoor environments with curiosity and make independent choices as they play.”

the report says staff are responsive to any delays in children’s development. They identify gaps in children’s learning and work in partnership with parents and other professionals to provide additional support.

Inspectors said to further improve early years provision, staff should develop more consistent ways to support children to hear and use their home languages in the nursery.

Read the full report here.

A separate report filed by Ofsted last week followed up a complaint surrounding dietary requirements and allergies, following an incident at the nursery.

The report says Little Owls has now improved procedures to ensure all staff, including cooks, are fully aware of children’s dietary requirements and allergies.

The report adds: “Staff have been advised it is their responsibility to remain alert to all foods provided to children, to ensure they are suitable and meet children’s needs. Regular checks with parents and carers are also being implemented, to ensure information on children’s dietary requirements is kept up-to-date and as accurate as possible.”

Read the full report here.

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