Nursery is given top marks for third time
DELIGHTED staff at a nursery are celebrating a hat-trick of 'outstanding' Ofsted inspections.
Employees at Westfield Nursery in Longton are overjoyed after achieving the prestigious status for the third time in a row.
The nursery, on Queensberry Road, cares for 45 children aged three and four on a full-time basis.
And the centre has gone from success to success with their creative approach to learning – which includes role play, painting and learning about different cultures.
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Headteacher Gill Farnworth has been working at the nursery for 13 years and is delighted with the top notch report.
She said: "We have a fantastic team here at Westfield and I feel positive that the children get the highest quality of education.
"It is the third consecutive time we have been rated outstanding which is fantastic because we did feel that we had retained the same high standards."
Westfield Nursery was given the highest grade possible for every aspect of school life including quality of teaching, achievement of pupils and behaviour and safety of pupils.
The six-hour inspection took place last month and the nursery was given a matter of hours to prepare for the visit.
Mrs Farnworth said: "They spent a lot of time around the classrooms observing the teaching and learning process.
"I think there are a number of reasons for why it is an outstanding nursery.
"The creative curriculum is very exciting and imaginative and they are well engaged and learn in a fun way which is important.
"Also the staff are outstanding and do a fantastic job here which I think contributes to the overall status."
Early years teacher Janice Henry, from Stone, said: "Everything we do is fun here and we try to make learning as fun as possible for the children.
"We have lots of wonderful children and they are all very special."
The nursery was praised by Ofsted for the education of the children, many of whom exceed the levels that are expected for that age group.
In the report it states: "Children rapidly develop excellent behaviour and concentration.
"All children achieve exceptionally well from the time they join the nursery."
Headteacher Mrs Farnworth added: "Since the report we have had a lot of parents coming and congratulating us which is very nice. They are very pleased with the nursery and I think we have a very strong relationship with parents."