Quality and Awards
All of our settings are Ofsted registered and reach exemplary standards as set by the national regulator.
Details of our most recent inspections can be found within our Ofsted Reports page.
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’ and carers’ views are encouraged and regularly sought via online and paper surveys, 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 Altrincham 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 Altrincham was Highly Commended and in 2016 Elmscot 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 our Nurseries have earned the Soil Association’s Food For Life Award.
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 to be, both as professional practitioners and as parents/carers. It gives families confidence in the
quality of service we provide.
Top Marks for Health & Hygiene
All our Trafford settings have been awarded the Trafford Healthy Setting Award and were the first in the area 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 Environmental Health.
Equal Opportunities and Inclusion
A number of our Nurseries have achieved the Giving Voice Award which celebrates the impactful activities and achievements of those who improve the lives of those with communication needs.
Elmscot Altrincham 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
2019: Nursery Management Today Awards Finalists (Nursery Room Leader, Nursery Operations/Area Manager, Nursery Outdoor Learning Environment, Nursery Apprentice)
2019: Nursery World Awards Highly Commended (Nursery Practitioner of the Year) and Finalists (Nursery Manager of the Year and Nursery Practitioner of the Year)
2019: Elmscot Chester achieves the Food for Life Award from the Soil Association – the first setting within Cheshire West
2019: Giving Voice Silver Award
2019: Elmscot Nantwich achieves the Food for Life Award from the Soil Association – the first setting within Cheshire East
2018: Elmscot Altrincham gains the Lasting Parent Partnership Award (LPPA)
2018: Nursery Management Today (NMT) Awards Finalists (Nursery Room Leader, Nursery Operations Director/Regional Director, Nursery Apprentice)
2017: At the Nursery World Awards in London Alex Chiorando was a finalist for Early Years Teacher of the Year, and Ami Mahon was a finalist for Nursery Practitioner of the Year
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: Elmscot 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, Elmscot Woodlands Day Nursery (Joy Homersham of Elmscot Altrincham Day Nursery Highly Commended).
- Nursery Practitioner of the Year (Winner): Jenna Holloway, Elmscot Altrincham Day Nursery
- Nursery Food (Winner): Elmscot Altrincham Day Nursery
2015: Elmscot Altrincham 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 Altrincham Day Nursery.
- EYP/EYT of the Year (Highly Commended): Nicola Saunders, Elmscot Hale Day Nursery
- Website of the Year (Highly Commended): Elmscot Group
- Practitioner of the Year (Finalist): Hannah Reeves, Kids Collective Group Manager
- Nursery Food (Finalist): Elmscot 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 (Elmscot Woodlands), Nursery Apprentice Award (Chelsea Thomas, Elmscot Altrincham) 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 Altrincham staff member Jess Berry wins Nursery World Award for best ‘Newcomer of the Year’
2013: Elmscot Woodlands shortlisted in top six nationwide for Nursery World’s ‘Working with Parents’ Award
2013: Elmscot Hale staff member Lucy Yarnell shortlisted in top seven nationally for Nursery World’s ‘Best Nursery Practitioner’ Award
2013: Elmscot Woodlands shortlisted in top five nationally for Nursery Management Today’s ‘Best Outdoor Learning Environment’ Award
2013: Elmscot Woodlands Chef Helen Krawczyk wins Nursery Management Today’s ‘Best Nursery Chef UK’ Award
2013: Elmscot Hale Manager Rachael Lyons shortlisted in top five nationally for Nursery Management Today’s ‘Best Nursery Manager’ Award
2013: Elmscot 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: Elmscot Hale wins national Nursery Management Today best ‘Nursery Outdoor Learning Environment’ Award 2012
2012: Elmscot Hale shortlisted for Nursery Management Today ‘Nursery Indoor Learning Environment’ Award
2012: Elmscot Altrincham shortlisted for Nursery Management Today ‘Lifetime Achievement’ Award
2009: Nursery World Awards: Elmscot 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.