Quality and Awards
Of the 12 settings comprising the Elmscot Group, seven of them have been found ‘outstanding’ in every area by Ofsted, the rest found ‘Good, with areas of Outstanding Practice’. Elmscot, Hale and Woodlands Day Nurseries have Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ status, achieved by fewer than 9% of school and private nurseries nationwide, confirming us as some of the best settings in England.
The inspector at Hale in 2016 recognised that “all aspects of teaching are outstanding. Highly qualified and experienced staff use their excellent skills and knowledge well. They meticulously plan rich and varied activities to support the individual needs and interests of each child.” The report further comments on our strong partnerships with our families, external agencies and the local community, and especially highlights our strong focus on preparing the children for school and ensuring that all children make excellent progress in their development. At Elmscot in 2015, Ofsted reported “practitioners are highly skilled and sensitive in helping children to form secure emotional attachments. As a result, children’s emotional well-being is very well met. Children are developing independence and their behaviour is exceptional.The quality of teaching is consistently of a very high quality. Educational programmes are challenging, inspirational and focused to meet the individual needs and interests of all children. As a result, children are provided with rich, varied and imaginative learning experiences.” Woodland’s inspector found that: “The excellent facilities, wide ranging resources and experienced staff provide and maintain exceptional provision for all the children.” Ofsted went on to say “expert teaching ensures children learn and develop to the best of their ability, and general welfare requirements are very well managed. Children benefit tremendously from having a superb outside play area. Children arrive excited and eager to experience the wide range of activities in all the rooms. Behaviour is exemplary; children’s self-esteem is optimised.”
Parental, Staff & Child Quality Surveys
The quality of the childcare we offer is our utmost priority and everything we do, we do with quality in mind. Parent’s views are encouraged and regularly sought via online & paper surveys, parent meetings and news e-bulletins.
External Quality Assurance Schemes
Since 2001, we have used several QA schemes to ensure the quality of our provision. We have been accredited as an Investor In People and achieved NDNA eQuality Counts accreditation, a quality scheme accredited by Investors in Children and run by the National Day Nurseries Association. Woodlands and Elmscot both gained this Award at the highest Level 3. This is exceptional, and assures their place amongst the best Day Nurseries in the country. In 2015, Elmscot Day Nursery was Highly Commended and in 2016 Hale was the Runner Up, both as the NDNA Nursery of the Year UK, as voted by parents. For more information, please see www.ndna.org.uk.
All nurseries have earned the Soil Association’s Food For Life Award.
Currently, all settings run the Preschool Learning Alliance ‘Reflecting on Quality’ scheme. This provides a framework for supporting the quality improvement process and for celebrating achievement; it is particularly designed to encourage deeper engagement in caring for and educating young children.
External audit is important to us as a sounding board for our ideas, and for confirmation that our provision is of the high standard we expect it to be both as professional practitioners and as parents. It gives parents confidence in the quality of service we provide.
Top Marks for Health & Hygiene
All settings have been awarded the Trafford Healthy Setting Award and were the first in Trafford to achieve this high standard of nutrition and physical well-being, which is reassessed every year.
All settings have achieved the highest ‘5’ Food Hygiene grading by Trafford Environmental Health.
Equal Opportunities and Inclusion
All nurseries have also achieved the Trafford Inclusion Stamp, recognising our commitment to providing an all inclusive practice within our settings.
Elmscot achieved ICAN Early Talk Accreditation in 2015, the only Day Nursery and Nursery School in Trafford to achieve this. The awarding panel members were very impressed with our practice and systems for supporting children’s speech and language development. Our strengths include:
- Systems for identifying and supporting Special Educational Needs and Disability. The nursery has close working relationships with a variety of professionals. They can demonstrate that children identified with a SEND make progress.
- Partnership with parents – there is genuine two-way communication with parents.
- Children with English as an additional language – staff have a good understanding of how to support children with EAL and see it as a positive attribute.
National Awards: we are amongst the best nationwide
2016: All Elmscot Group nurseries achieve the Soil Association’s Food For Life Award
2016: At the national Nursery Management Today awards in London, Woodlands was a finalist for Best Indoor Learning Award, Rachael Lyons (Elmscot Group Operations Manager) was a finalist for the Best Operational Manager UK and again, the Elmscot Group was a finalist for Best Nursery Group UK.
2016: Elmscot Group was a finalist for Best Nursery Group UK at the national Nursery World Awards 2016
2016: Hale Day Nursery is regional Runner Up for NDNA Nursery of the Year UK and is Highly Commended at NDNA Healthy Nursery of the Year UK
2015: Elmscot Group won in three categories at the Nursery World Awards 2015, also gaining a Highly Commended (2nd place) Award:
- Early Years Professional/Early Years Teacher of the Year (Winner): Jessica Curbishley, Woodlands Day Nursery (Joy Homersham of Elmscot Day Nursery Highly Commended).
- Nursery Practitioner of the Year (Winner): Jenna Holloway, Elmscot Day Nursery
- Nursery Food (Winner): Elmscot Day Nursery
2015: Elmscot Day Nursery is Highly Commended as NDNA Nursery of the Year UK, just missing the top spot!
2014: Elmscot Group named Trafford’s Business of the Year 2014 ( > 50 employees)
2014: Elmscot Group shortlisted as national finalists in six categories at the Nursery World Awards, gaining a Highly Commended (2nd place) Award in 3 of them:
- Enabling Environments (Highly Commended): Elmscot Day Nursery.
- EYP/EYT of the Year (Highly Commended): Nicola Saunders, Hale Day Nursery
- Website of the Year (Highly Commended): Elmscot Group
- Practitioner of the Year (Finalist): Hannah Reeves, School’s Out Group Manager
- Nursery Food (Finalist): Hale Day Nursery
- Working with Parents (Finalist): Elmscot Group Parent Workshops
2014: Elmscot Group shortlisted as national finalists in three categories at the Nursery Management Today Awards:
Nursery Team of the Year (Woodlands), Nursery Apprentice Award (Chelsea Thomas, Elmscot) and Nursery Website of the Year
2013: Elmscot Group shortlisted in top five nationwide for Nursery World’s ‘Best Nursery Chain UK’ Award
2013: Elmscot staff member Jess Berry wins Nursery World Award for best ‘Newcomer of the Year’
2013: Woodlands shortlisted in top six nationwide for Nursery World’s ‘Working with Parents’ Award
2013: Hale staff member Lucy Yarnell shortlisted in top seven nationally for Nursery World’s ‘Best Nursery Practitioner’ Award
2013: Woodlands shortlisted in top five nationally for Nursery Management Today’s ‘Best Outdoor Learning Environment’ Award
2013: Woodlands Chef Helen Krawczyk wins Nursery Management Today’s ‘Best Nursery Chef UK’ Award
2013: Hale Manager Rachael Lyons shortlisted in top five nationally for Nursery Management Today’s ‘Best Nursery Manager’ Award
2013: Hale staff member Amanda Grogan shortlisted in top five for Nursery Management Today’s ‘Best Nursery Nurse’ Award
2012: Nursery World ‘Outstanding Contribution’ Award: Top three national Finalist
2012: Hale wins national Nursery Management Today best ‘Nursery Outdoor Learning Environment’ Award 2012
2012: Hale shortlisted for Nursery Management Today ‘Nursery Indoor Learning Environment’ Award
2012: Elmscot shortlisted for Nursery Management Today ‘Lifetime Achievement’ Award
2009: Nursery World Awards: Woodlands was a ‘Highly Commended’ top three finalist (Best Nursery Food), recognising our commitment to locally-sourced, fresh nutritious food and our approach to the education of young children in healthy eating
2007: National Clean Air Award
2003: Nursery Management Today Awards: Finalist in two categories (Best New Business and Best Nursery Manager).
2002: HSBC, Sky News and Daily Express Start-up Stars Award: Semi-Finalist.