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Leicester College nursery is Outstanding


A second Leicester College day nursery has been judged as outstanding in all areas after an unannounced Ofsted inspection.

The nursery, based at Leicester College’s Freemen’s Park Campus joins the College’s Abbey Park Campus in being graded as outstanding.  For the Abbey Park Campus nursery, the inspection in November 2009 was not only its second inspection in a year, but also the first since moving into newly refurbished premises.

Also meeting the grade, Freemen’s Park Campus nursery was commended by inspectors who stated that: ‘Children thrive in an extremely well-organised and stimulating environment’.

The nursery was also praised for promoting close links with parents, as well as the extremely high levels of commitment, enthusiasm and professionalism consistently shown by nursery management and other staff.

The inspector said: “Children quickly establish very high levels of enthusiasm and enjoyment in this very welcoming setting which is extremely well organised to promote their health and safety. The highly motivated and skilled staff team work extremely well with parents to ensure that they have an excellent awareness of each child’s individuality. Consequently, children confidently develop very strong relationships with others, and are highly motivated in their play, so establishing an excellent basis for their future skills and learning. The nursery has worked extremely effectively to establish its current excellent standards and is equally committed to further enhancing the quality of its provision.”

David Jackson, Head of Student Services at Leicester College said: “This is a fantastic achievement and congratulations go to all the staff working at the Freemen’s Park Campus nursery.”

Leicester College Principal, Maggie Galliers said: “We are delighted with this achievement.  Receiving an outstanding rating reflects the passion and commitment of staff working at the Freemen’s Park nursery.

“With the nursery and the College as a whole gaining such glowing Ofsted reports, we have much to celebrate.”

Leicester College was graded as good with many outstanding features in an Ofsted inspection which took place in January 2011.

The full Freemen’s Park Campus Ofsted report is available at the website.