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Diss The Oaks Nursery raises its Ofsted rating

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A children’s nursery which last year was told it needed to improve has now been given a good rating by Ofsted.

The inspector who visited The Oaks nursery in Diss had particular praise for manager Sophie Spencer for working hard to bring about an improvement.

“The manager is passionate about ensuring children are emotionally secure. She is a very strong role model for staff and children,” reads the inspector’s report.

Manager Sophie Spencer and practitioner Lauryn Harrison are delighted with the report. Picture by Mecha Morton.
Manager Sophie Spencer and practitioner Lauryn Harrison are delighted with the report. Picture by Mecha Morton.

It adds: “Her playful manner and skilful use of facial expressions and gestures help encourage children to be confident to share their views and opinions.”

The Oaks is part of Alpha Nurseries, whose operations director, Nicola Scott, said: “We are very happy that the manager and staff have finally had their hard work and dedication recognised by Ofsted.

“Miss Spencer has worked hard to ensure that the nursery is well resourced and, most importantly, that the children’s emotional wellbeing is supported and they develop the key skills and future learning to move on to the next stage of education.”

The inspector said that staff placed a strong focus on the children’s personal, social and emotional development, and sensitively encouraged children to discuss their feelings and those of others. Children who spoke English as an additional language were well supported and the nursery’s pupils were caring towards others and understood the need to share and take turns.

The manager provided staff with feedback and support to help them improve their practice and performance, the inspector said.

A previous inspection in October found that the nursery needed an improvement in the effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching and assessment, personal development, behaviour and welfare, and outcomes for the children.

All areas were rated as good after the latest inspection in June.

The inspector recommended the nursery should strengthen opportunities for staff to share and learn from each other to help teaching to reach a consistently high level, and to improve its outdoor area, which did not provide children with the same engaging and stimulating experiences.

“This means that children who prefer to learn outside are sometimes not fully motivated to learn,” the inspector said.

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