The report noted that the children are happy, settled and secure, and that staff help them to develop good personal, social and emotional skills which prepare them well for the next stage in learning.
Ofsted Inspector Sam Powis said: “Staff effectively plan activities and experiences that reflect children’s interests, and excite and motivate children into getting fully involved. Effective assessment arrangements help staff to monitor children’s learning and plan for their individual progress. All staff make careful observations, which help them to establish children’s next steps and identify any gaps in their learning.
“This information is used well to produce accurate records of children’s development, including the required progress check for children aged two years. Staff share these with parents and other professionals as necessary. This comprehensive system for monitoring and planning means that all children make good progress in their learning based on their starting points.”
Also mentioned in the report was that staff organise the indoor learning play spaces well and create a welcoming and stimulating environment in which children get fully involved in their play. As a result, children throughout all areas of the nursery settle quickly and are keen to learn.
Cheryl Hadland, founder of Tops Day Nurseries said: “Staff and families have worked together to earn the third good grading in a row at the nursery in Denmark Lane, near the Dolphin Centre. Since the inspection we have also completed the refurbishment of the nursery and outdoor area to make it an even more child friendly environment.”
Tops Poole caters for children from 3 months old up to pre-school age, and children aged 5-11 years in the Mini Beasts Play Club. The nursery opened in September 2004, originally for Poole NHS Hospital staff but now available to the community. To read the full report, visit Ofsted’s website.