Portland House Nursery, Lindley has once again been judged “Outstanding” in every category by Ofsted. Outstanding is the highest judgment that can be made by an Ofsted inspector and is given only when there is exceptional childcare provision that greatly exceeds national standards. This is the third consecutive time that Portland House has received Outstanding making it one of the most sort after nurseries in Huddersfield.
The Ofsted inspector observed that the “Staff's passion for teaching inspires and motivates children's play. They give them time to immerse themselves in activities that capture their curiosity” “They listen perceptively to children and encourage them to question, think critically, make links and recall learning.”
The Inspector went on to say that “Staff ensure the learning environment is exceptionally organised and highly welcoming. It captures children's natural inquisitiveness and inspires them to investigate. Children settle quickly and have superb relationships with adults and each other.
Ofsted reported that all outcomes for all children were outstanding “All children, including those who have special educational needs and children who speak English as an additional language, make rapid progress from their starting points. They develop exceptionally positive behaviour and high levels of self-control. They are confident, self-assured and highly independent learners from a young age”
The Ofsted inspector went on to praise the leadership “Leaders have an in-depth understanding of the needs of children and families across the locality. They work highly successfully with schools and other professionals to make sure, children are extremely well prepared for their future learning.”
Nursery Manager Julie Lister, who has been with the company for over 20 years complemented her staff team saying “I am immeasurably proud of this achievement, as I know the staff team have worked so hard to deliver the very best for the children in our care by constantly developing the nursery and our practice to keep standards high.
Manging Director Anastasia Murphy said “I am immensely proud of all the staff across the company who have worked very hard supporting each other to become good reflective practitioners. We have always invested heavily in the training of the staff and encouraged them to maintain our high standards and it is wonderful that this dedication and hard work has been recognised once again. I feel very proud of our achievement knowing that we are providing the best we can for the children in our care. However, we are not going to rest on our laurels and we already working on new ideas for stretching ourselves even more.”