On 20th March 2019 Footsteps Dolphin Street received a routine Ofsted inspection in which the inspector spoke to staff, parents and children, observed the quality of teaching indoors and outdoors and assessed the impact this has on children’s learning. The inspector completed a joint observation and held a meeting with the Manager and our CEO where all aspects of nursery life were reviewed.
We are so delighted to share that we were awarded an overall OUTSTANDING grade and were Outstanding in all four contributing areas of the inspection.
Here is a summary of key findings from the official report.
“This provision is outstanding
Partnerships with parents are excellent. Parents are highly complimentary about the outstanding quality of the nursery environment, the educational support and exemplary care that their children receive from staff. They describe how staff create a ‘welcoming’, ‘non-judgemental’ and ‘special’ atmosphere.
Partnership working is exceptionally well embedded. These highly effective and engaging partnerships with parents and other professionals enable staff to meet all children’s individual needs exceptionally well. This is particularly effective in supporting children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Parents feel they are kept fully involved in their children’s learning and all assessment processes.
There is a culture of reflective practice in place. The manager and staff are entirely invested and show a firm commitment to continuously improving the already excellent practice in place. Self-evaluation is ongoing, incisive and leads to targeted improvement plans that have a substantial impact on outcomes for children.
Teaching is inspirational. Staff consistently extend children’s learning to the highest levels, using their professional knowledge of how children learn and develop exceptionally well. They expertly adapt activities to tailor their approach to reflect children’s individual stage of learning and their emerging interests. Children make rapid progress in their learning.
Staff are excellent role models. They strongly support children to develop their self-confidence and self-awareness. Children are extremely well behaved.”
Well done to the Footsteps team and thank you for all of your hard work, passion and dedication.
To view the full report please follow the link below.
September 22 2020
Footsteps has two brand new exciting settings just opened.
The first is our Playgroup based in Howdon Hub and the second is our afterschool provision based in Ponteland Community Primary School.
April 23 2020
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic contacts are limited. Please refer all queries to email@example.com
November 7 2019
Coming soon is a brand new Playgroup inside Howdon Hub offering both fee paying and free places to eligible 2, 3 and 4 year olds.