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.”