'Outstanding' Ofsted report for Sheffield childcare centre

Staff and children at a Sheffield childcare centre are celebrating after receiving an outstanding Ofsted rating for the second year running.

Wednesday, 4th September 2019, 12:46 pm
Updated Monday, 30th September 2019, 9:38 am
Pictured (LtoR) Kirsty Hardwick, Samantha McGhee, Gail Johnson(Manager), Joanne Croydon(Deputy Manager), Sally Hamilton(Development Officer) of the Manor Community Child Care Centre

Manor Community Childcare Centre, in Manor, received a thumbs up after being judged outstanding outstanding in all four aspects following a visit by inspectors last month.

In the report, inspector Andrew Clark praised the centres manager, Gail Johnson, and her deputy, Joanne Croydon, describing them as being 'absolutely passionate' about providing the highest quality of learning and support for the children in their care.

He said the 'skilled' staff provide an 'exceptionally warm, stimulating and safe' environment and have a 'very thorough' knowledge on how to keep children safe and secure, and take full advantage of training opportunities to deepen and develop their skills in child protection.

Pictured (LtoR) Kirsty Hardwick, Samantha McGhee, Gail Johnson(Manager), Joanne Croydon(Deputy Manager), Sally Hamilton(Development Officer) of the Manor Community Child Care Centre

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The frequent training opportunities given to staff, and the strong support from the manager and trustees, is also said to have had a 'very positive' impact on the curriculum development and the teaching of children with special educational needs and/or disabilties (SEND).

Children were said to behave very well and be 'tolerant, kind and understanding towards others', with staff providing 'effective support' for those who struggle to manage their emotions.

And they are said to be 'extremely well prepared' for the next stage in their learning, including starting school, as staff work closely with other settings to support children's future learning and ensure a smooth transition.

Staff were also praised for providing 'highly imaginative and exciting resources and activities' which 'motivate and engage' all groups of children, with rooms and outdoor spaces organised to promote all aspects of learning through a 'rich and we-planned' curriculum.

The Manor Community Child Care Centre are celebrating an outstanding Ofsted Inspection

Mr Clark noted a close partnership between the centre and the children's parents and carers, adding that they typically comment that the staff go 'above and beyond' in their efforts to support their children.

Joanne Croydon, Deputy Manager of Manor Community Childcare Centre (MCCC), said: “As a team we are very happy to receive our second outstanding judgement from Ofsted. They highlighted our strengths in the areas of curriculum, SEN and management, which supports our children to make excellent progress and reach their full potential getting them ready for school.

“We are also proud that the valuable effort and enthusiasm made by all of our staff team was recognised.

“MCCC prides itself in providing a caring, stimulating environment for all children, we strive to continue to meet the ever changing needs of our children, families and the local community.”