Norwood’s inclusive nursery rated ‘Outstanding’

11 February 2015

Ofsted has today announced that Norwood Nursery, at the Kennedy Leigh Family Centre in Hendon, has received an ‘Outstanding’ rating. The inspectors praised the "welcoming and caring" staff, and added that children are given "excellent opportunities to play and learn."

Norwood’s inclusive nursery is for children with special educational needs and disabilities and those without. It is open during term-time and accepts children from 18 months. Children at the nursery benefit from a child-centred approach to learning and plenty of opportunities to play outdoors in the garden and adventure play area. They are also able to use the Kennedy Leigh Centre’s ball pond, soft play room and sensory room.

Nursery staff work closely with specialist practitioners and wellbeing therapists to ensure each child’s needs are met.

Elaine Kerr, Chief Executive at Norwood, said: "We are extremely pleased with the inspector’s report. The ‘Outstanding’ rating really is a testament to the dedication of our staff. Norwood nursery is a warm, inclusive environment, and we’re delighted that our commitment to ensuring every child is supported to make excellent progress has been recognised."

One parent of a child at the nursery said: "My child’s experience has exceeded all expectations. Norwood has created a truly wonderful nursery with a lovely warm environment and a warm professional team of staff."

For information about nursery admissions and to find out what Norwood can offer your child please contact 020 8809 8809.

Summary of the key points from the report:

  • Staff provide children with excellent opportunities to play and learn. Staff maintain effective assessment and planning routines to ensure that all children are highly supported in their learning and development.
  • The leadership team is extremely effective in driving improvement. Self-evaluation is rigorous and includes all staff. Areas for development are regularly reviewed and prioritised to continually improve children’s care and learning.
  • Staff benefit from highly effective supervision meetings and ongoing training. They implement new ideas confidently, which benefits children significantly.
  • Children with special educational needs and/or disabilities are extremely well cared for as staff are highly skilled in meeting their specific needs. Staff work very effectively with parents, external agencies and professionals in the children’s centre to which the nursery is attached. This ensures that every child makes excellent progress from their individual starting points.
  • Arrangements for safeguarding children are firmly embedded in practice. Policies and procedures are implemented consistently to promote children’s safety and welfare exceptionally well.
  • Staff are welcoming and caring. Children form secure emotional attachments and their emotional well-being is very well met. Children are developing independence and their behaviour is excellent.
  • Staff promote partnership with parents actively. Together they identify the starting points in children’s learning and plan for, and monitor their next steps to ensure children’s needs are exceptionally well met.

For a copy of the Oftead report, please click here (pdf document).