Blackpool nursery awarded top marks

Staff and youngsters at Thames Primary Academy Nursery are celebrating after Ofsted rated them as outstanding in every category.
Staff and youngsters at Thames Primary Academy Nursery are celebrating after Ofsted rated them as outstanding in every category.
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These young learners are celebrating after their nursery was given top marks by Government inspectors.

Ofsted has awarded Thames Primary Academy Nursery, in South Shore, an ‘outstanding’ rating.

Thames Primary School, south Shore, Blackpool

Thames Primary School, south Shore, Blackpool

Inspectors noted that “teaching and learning within the nursery is outstanding”, “parents are actively involved” and the nursery is a “superb learning environment”.

Nursery manager Jo Smith, who took up her post less than 12 months ago, today said she was immensely proud of her team.

She added: “It’s amazing.

“We’ve worked really hard to achieve this grade in such a short space of time.

“From the parents’ point of view their children are the most precious things in their lives so it’s important they know they’re leaving them in safe, warm, stimulating environment.”

Tracy Harrison, headteacher of the school and nursery on Severn Road, said: “The report celebrates everything we have worked hard to achieve.

“It is wonderful that all the hard work and commitment from everyone here, including our nursery manager, supervisor, practitioners, support staff and governors, has been commended in this way.

“We are glad the children are so happy to come here and that their parents are so supportive.”

And the children are clearly delighted to be at the nursery too. Kyle Atkinson, three, said: “It’s fun here.”

James Butterworth, four, added: “I like nursery. We do lots of fun things.”

The nursery is now looking forward to a summer fair and open day on Saturday, open to all, between noon and 4pm.

Inspectors find all areas outstanding

After visiting the South Shore nursery in May inspectors from Ofsted outlined how they had found it to be outstanding in every area.

Praise went to areas including staff development, saying “staff embrace all opportunities to further their professional development and are supported extremely well by a highly motivated management team”.

It was also noted that “children settle extremely well” and enjoy “close relationships” with staff which give them a sense of “security”.

And teaching was praised within the setting, inspectors said “teaching techniques are strong”, allowing children to progress as they move up to primary school.

It added: “An excellent focus on early intervention has a positive impact on all children’s overall development.”

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