‘Good’ role models for children . . .

Managing director Charlotte Roebuck and nursery manager Kelly Lovett at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Day Nurseries Ltd.
Managing director Charlotte Roebuck and nursery manager Kelly Lovett at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Day Nurseries Ltd.

Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Day Nurseries Ltd has been praised by Ofsted inspectors for having supportive relationships and being a good role model for children.

The nursery on Bradford Road has been rated ‘good’ by inspectors who said the nursery has an excellent capacity to improve its provision for children.

Inspector Caroline Midgley said in her report that one of the key aspects of the nursery’s high standards is the work carried out between the children and the practitioners.

“Children have very strong supportive relationships with their key practitioners. This means they are confident and have a high sense of well-being.

“Children with special educational needs and/or disabilities are supported well. The practitioners skilfully support children’s transitions, both within the nursery and to school.”

The nursery was formed in 2010 and have 210 children attending, 192 of whom are in the early years age group and provides funded early education for two to four-year-olds.

The report also said children’s progressed is monitored well which allows them to provide activities and experiences that help ensure children make good progress.

“Practitioners understand that children learn as they play and explore. There is a rich, varied and imaginative environment which supports all areas of learning, and the management are currently developing the outdoor environment to provide a good range of learning opportunities.”

Inspectors outlined some improvements for the nursery such as making resources more accessible for children to easily access themselves, to allow them more opportunities to independently explore and use media and materials for their own projects and designs.

Managing director at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Day Nurseries, Charlotte Roebuck, said: “I am delighted with our latest Ofsted Inspection Report. The report recognises the considerable progress we have made over the last three years and our focus on childcare excellence.

“The inspector recognised the high priority we place on the safety of children and made reference to our comprehensive risk assessments.

“She acknowledged that the nursery was led by a highly committed Nursery Manager, Kelly Lovett, and that senior practitioners were well qualified and provide support and guidance to other practitioners.

“She also commented that the ‘culture of constant reflection and improvement’ means the nursery has an excellent capacity to improve still further.

“Finally, I am delighted that in a relatively short time the nursery has established its reputation for providing high quality childcare to the local community and we will work tirelessly to improve still further in the years to come.”