‘Outstanding’ Bexley nursery where ‘confident’ babies help ‘put on their own bibs’ at lunchtime

By Staff

A Bexley nursery has been given the best possible rating by Ofsted as babies at the provision try to ‘put on their bibs’ at lunchtime. West Street Nursery in Erith has been rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by the education watchdog in a recent report.

The inspector said in their report that the curriculum at the nursery helped children gain the knowledge and skills needed for future education. They added that younger individuals are taught to become confident and caring, with older children at the nursery being extremely independent and sociable.

The report said: “Staff focus on encouraging children to learn good social skills and to gain independence. This is highly evident throughout the nursery. Babies try to put on their bibs and pull up their sleeves at lunchtime. Toddlers independently find tissues to wipe their noses and wash their hands afterwards.”

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Staff at the nursery were cited in the report as being ‘excellent’ role models and work tirelessly to meet the unique needs of the children. The manager was said to ensure all staff receive ongoing professional development, with ‘exceptional’ partnerships having been made with parents, outside agencies and the local children’s centre.

The inspector said: “Staff help children to develop an extremely good understanding of themselves and others. Older children help their friends to complete tasks and consistently show respect for others. Children’s behaviour is exemplary given their ages and diverse needs. They are more than ready for the next stages in their learning.”

They added: “The manager and staff continually provide parents with a wide range of information and guidance to support their children. Parents report that staff are highly supportive and have helped their children to improve their speech, independence, and confidence rapidly.”

The nursery provides full day care to children aged up to four years old and reportedly has 72 kids enrolled. West Street Nursery was approached for comment, but had not responded at the time of publication.

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