Sheffield community nursery outstanding in all areas, inspection finds

Manor Community Childcare Centre, outstanding OFSTED. The children and staff spell out "outstanding"
Manor Community Childcare Centre, outstanding OFSTED. The children and staff spell out "outstanding"
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A Sheffield nursery where children are making exceptional progress in their learning has been hailed as outstanding.

Government inspectors found the youngsters at Manor Community Childcare Centre were happy and settled, while their behaviour was excellent.

Norma Armitage, centre manager, said the brilliant verdict was down to the hard work, enthusiasm and dedication of the whole nursery team.

She said: “They are passionate about their work, caring for and improving the outcomes of all the children.

“The centre has been providing childcare to families on the Manor estate for 32 years, but we have had a tough couple of years.

“The council withdrew revenue funding from community nurseries across Sheffield resulting in many having to close.

“However, the staff and management have worked tirelessly to turn things around and what a result.”

Inspectors said staff were highly skilled and sensitive, helping children form strong, trusting and secure emotional attachments.

Strong policies were consistently implemented to ensure the pupils’ safety and welfare were promoted exceptionally well.

And the Ofsted team said the quality of teaching at the Vikinglea Road centre was exemplary, thanks to vibrant educational programmes which ignited the interests of children of all ages.

There was a strong focus on improving the youngsters’ communication and language, and on their physical, personal, social and emotional development.

Staff were found to be highly enthusiastic and worked in close partnership with parents and other professionals.

They were fully committed to providing high quality care and education for their charges, meaning their welfare, learning and development were all very well supported.