Of the ten settings comprising the Elmscot group, six of them have been found ‘outstanding’ in every area by Ofsted, the rest found 'Good, with areas of Outstanding Practice'. Woodlands has 'Outstanding' status, achieved by fewer than 5% of school and private nurseries nationwide, making us one of the best settings in England.The inspector found that "The excellent facilities, wide ranging resources and experienced staff provide and maintain exceptional provision for all the children." She 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." Since then, Oftsed have visited Woodlands again, seeking examples of 'best practice' to publish in an advice booklet for other providers.
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. Parents views are encouraged and regularly sought via surveys, parent meetings and news e-bulletins.
External Quality Assurance Schemes
Since 2001 we have been accredited as an Investor In People and achieved NDNA Quality Counts accreditation: a quality scheme accredited by Investors in Children and run by the National Day Nurseries Association. Woodlands gained this Award at Level 3. This is exceptional, and assures its place as one of the best Day Nurseries in the country. For more information, please see www.ndna.org.uk. Currently, all settings have adopted Trafford’s new QIT (Quality in Trafford) scheme, supported by Trafford CYPS. QIT encourages settings to be reflective about their practice. Observations of practice are carried out internally and by local authority officers. It looks for positive practice as well identifying next steps for the development of practice.
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 achieved the highest '5' Food Hygiene grading by Trafford Environmental Health. All nurseries have also been awarded the Trafford Healthy Setting Award, and were the first in Trafford to achieve this high standard of nutrition and physical well-being.
Equal Opportunities Award
All nurseries have also achieved the Trafford Inclusion Stamp, recognising our commitment to providing an all inclusive practice within our settings.
National Awards: amongst the best nationwide
2002: HSBC, Sky News and Daily Express Start-up Stars Award: Semi-Finalist
2003: Nursery Management Today Awards: Finalist in 2 categories (Best New Business and Best Nursery Manager).
2007: National Clean Air 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.
2012: Nursery World 'Outstanding Contribution' Award: Top 3 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