Warwickshire College nursery in Rugby is ranked ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted

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THE nursery at Warwickshire College’s Rugby centre has been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted after a recent unannounced inspection.

The nursery, which opened in October 2010 with purpose built facilities, was described as: “A relaxed but stimulating environment” in which “children thrive.”

Nursery manager, Paula Scott, said: “The inspector felt the nursery was extremely safety conscious and secure, she also commented on the fact that the children clearly felt safe in the setting.”

As well as being impressed by the nursery’s attitude to safeguarding and the procedures in place to ensure children’s safety, the inspector praised the way the team works together and the knowledge demonstrated by staff.

The report reads: “(Children) are confident, enthusiastic and actively involved in an extensive variety of stimulating activities available to them. This results in them making excellent progress in their development and learning.

“Staff have a lovely rapport with the children and demonstrate a great knowledge of how children learn, which enables them to effectively meet the individual needs of each child.”

The nursery currently has 64 babies and toddlers enrolled, a mixture of students’ children, staff’s children and children from outside the college.

Mrs Scott said: “We have a few spaces but we are looking very busy for September and will have a waiting list.”

Facilities include an outdoor area with a mixture of rubber playground surface and grass, a play boat, balance beam and rickety bridge, as well as provision for water activities. There are also vegetable and fruit patches and a covered play area.

Inside are rooms for different age groups and a separate sensory room for light and sound and quiet time. An on-site cook prepares fresh food for the children every day.

If parents want to look around the nursery they should call 01788 863 220 or email nurseryrug@warkscol.ac.uk to arrange an appointment.