OFSTED use the Village Nursery as an example of good practice for transitions

We are delighted to have been chosen by OFSTED to be an example of best practice for transitions!

Here’s OFSTED’s description of the report:

From settling new children to sending them on to school, the combination of an outstanding key person system and detailed record-keeping at The Village Nursery ensures that transition is smooth and children are confident and very well-prepared when they move on to the next stage in their learning.

The report covers:

  • pdf iconwhat happens before starting at nursery
  • settling in new children
  • initial and on-going assessment
  • support for families and children during transition within the setting
  • support for transition to school

You can find the report by clicking here, or view as a PDF by clicking on the icon above.

Some of our favourite bits from the report are copied here:

When children start at the nursery, the first session is about an hour long. Both the parent or carer and child attend the setting together. The second day, staff encourage parents and carers to leave their child with the key person, giving them the opportunity to wait on-site or go offsite for a few hours.

A review of individual child’s needs with parents and carers then leads to an agreed settling-in period, which is completely flexible depending upon their preference and the child’s needs.

This explicit emphasis on valuing parents and carers’ knowledge of their children reflects the deep understanding that both the nursery manager and the Early Years Professional have of high-quality provision for babies and toddlers. Both leaders are well qualified and experienced in working with the youngest children.

Key to successful transition within the setting is the nursery’s focus on building good relationships between staff and children through their ‘positive attachment approach’. This way of working was praised during the inspection of October 2013,when the inspector stated: ‘An outstanding key person system is implemented by practitioners who have an exemplary understanding of how strong relationships promote children’s wellbeing. This ensures that children develop strong, secure attachments early in their care and receive consistently high levels of support at all times.

Comments made by parents such as, ‘I trust them totally’, ‘It’s like a second home’, and ‘It’s not just a job to them’, demonstrate the nursery’s success in building robust relationships. High staffing ratios mean that children who require one-to-one care receive intensive support from a dedicated practitioner. As a result, their needs are given priority at all times. Children in the nursery demonstrate they are extremely confident and self-assured.’

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