Inspectors praise nursery at Sheffield College

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Children at a Sheffield nursery are developing the skills necessary for future life and are making good progress, according to inspectors.

Sheffield City College, on Granville Road, has been rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted inspectors following a recent visit.

The nursery, which opens all year around, is used by students, staff and the local community and is based within the grounds of the £60 million college campus, in the city centre.

It employs 20 members of staff and has 125 children on the roll. Inspectors spent a day at the nursery, which has three playrooms and an outside area, in December last year, and rated it as good in all areas.

Jason Pepper, executive director of finance and resources at The Sheffield College, said: “We are delighted by this inspection report which is testament to the high quality care we provide, in a stimulating and safe environment, for the children of our students, staff and local community.”

The report, by inspector Ruth Moore, highlighted several key findings.

It said staff have a skilful understanding of how children learn best and consequently teaching is good and children are making good progress in their learning and development.

Mrs Moore said: “Children make good progress in their learning because staff are knowledgeable about how children learn and are well informed about their individual needs.

Staff gather information about children’s starting points from parents when they first join, and discuss their progress on an ongoing basis.

“Caring and sensitive staff provide a nurturing environment, which gives children a strong sense of belonging and promotes their wellbeing.”

“Arrangements for safeguarding children, including safer recruitment procedures, are strong and well embedded so that children are protected from harm or neglect.

“Partnerships with parents and other professionals are strong and children benefit from a collaborative approach to their learning.

Leadership and management was good and inspectors found managers were proactive in self-evaluative practice and as a result, children’s learning experiences continually improved.

Inspectors highlighted areas where the nursery could improve - strengthening the monitoring of teacher practice further and building on younger children’s ability to make independent choices.

The Sheffield College also runs a second children’s nursery at Hillsborough College, in Livesey Street.

The nursery currently opens during term time. It will be extending its hours to open all year round, from this summer, in line with Sheffield City College nursery’s opening times.