Care Inspectorate Comments
"Very Good" awarded in all four categories!
Inspection November 2018
"Staff knew children in their care very well. They had positive relationships with families which enabled them to support them and their child."
"Children were nurtured by staff in a calm and respectful manner. Staff were constantly observing children and were ready to offer appropriate support when needed. This was empowering for children as they were autonomous in their play and supported in a way which scaffolded their learning. "
"Through the Montessori approach, children were encouraged to be independent and were supported to regulate their emotions and relationships with others. We observed that children were very positive in their interactions with others and independent in self help skills"
"The nursery had a calm atmosphere, contributed to by staff and mirrored by children. The nursery had their own dedicated outdoor spaces, one which had direct access from the playroom and another green outdoor space where children planted vegetables and had opportunities for large physical play. There were a variety of natural, open ended resources to spark children's imagination and curiosity."
"All of the resources were of a high quality and beautifully presented. Throughout the inspection we saw that all children were engaged in meaningful activity alone or with friends."
"All children had individual learning plans based on the Montessori philosophy. These were very in depth and evidenced where each child was in their learning. Next steps in learning were planned for each child and all staff were aware of what they were. This meant that opportunities were available for children to progress in their learning. Detailed transition records were provided for each child as they moved on to school."
"In addition all children had personal plans which recorded their personal preferences, likes and dislikes. ... parents were continuously involved in their child's learning. "
"The owner was also the manager. Before becoming the owner she had managed the nursery for three years. Staff were professional, knowledgeable and very enthusiastic."
"The manager and staff members had formed as a team, sharing their philosophy and ensuring continuity of care and provision for the children. They played on each others strengths and supported each other well to provide a quality service for children. The children's well being was at the heart of everything the staff team did. They knew the children in their care well and planned for their individual learning."
Unannounced Inspection June 2017
"We concluded that the nursery was providing children with very good experiences that were supporting them to flourish and achieve. There were aspects of excellent practice observed during this inspection and we were impressed by the high standards of care and support for children.'
'Parents told us that they were very happy with the service and had great confidence in staff.
Parents told us that their children were developing well and were making very good progress in this nursery setting. Children also told us that they really enjoyed coming to nursery and had lots of fun with their friends.'
'The Montessori nursery school is a small, friendly and inclusive service that was most welcoming to families and strongly embedded the philosophy and beliefs of the Montessori framework. We saw that families were greeted warmly as they arrived, staff made time to talk with parents and children settled quickly at play. We saw that children were happy, settled and secure. They had formed strong and trusting relationships with staff and
approached them readily for help and support.'
'There was a highly child-led ethos that was supporting children to lead their own play and to be creative and inquisitive. Staff were seen to be highly skilled and aware of children's individual needs, they used observation skills effectively to support independence and recognised when their intervention would enhance the children's experiences and learning. Staff spoke softly and kindly to children, demonstrating respect and consideration for
others. Children's behaviour mirrored the calm and gentle staff engagement and there was a tranquil atmosphere in the nursery. Children were encouraged and praised, their contributions were valued.'
'We observed very good learning opportunities for children, who were developing and thriving in the setting. We saw that children were confident, self-assured and developing a range of skills and knowledge through the high quality staff interactions, diverse resources and varied activities that were provided.'
'Children had developed excellent language and communication skills and expressed themselves confidently.'
'Individual journals effectively tracked children's learning and supported their next steps. Journals were very well presented, making excellent use of photographs to evidence children's experiences and learning. The journals were very well written, with a friendly
and supportive tone that provided an excellent record of the child's time at nursery that could be enjoyed and revisited by children and their parents. Journals included excellent summary reports that detailed children's progress and achievements, further evidencing how well that staff knew and understood the children in their care. We found that staff were highly in tune with individual needs.'
'We found that staff were highly enthusiastic, professional and clearly committed to working at the nursery.'
'The manager was very much part of the team and worked directly alongside staff in the service, being an excellent role model. We saw that she led by good example and was open and approachable, demonstrating excellent communication skills with children and adults.'
February 2015 CI Report comments
‘The staff supported the children in a very gentle way to direct their own learning.’
‘The quality of interaction that staff had with the children was excellent. The children took responsibility for their own learning, caring for the environment, themselves and others through gentle encouragement and reinforcement by staff.’
‘Staff kept excellent records of the children’s achievements and development.’
'We saw that staff were caring and nurturing towards the children and skilled at supporting their development.'
'The staff team had a gentle and encouraging approach to supporting children and created a positive environment where children had the time to explore and investigate the variety of montessori materials provided. The presentation of resources and engagement in daily routines provided children with very good opportunities to develop their independence across a range of skills.'