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University nursery gets top marks from Ofsted

The University of Warwick’s nursery has passed its latest Ofsted inspection with flying colours.

The nursery, which is located on the University campus, has retained its outstanding rating in all four categories.

Nursery manager, Debbie Castle; said: “We work very hard to provide an exceptional experience for our children so they are ready to go to school.

“We are delighted that the inspector noted that the quality of teaching is excellent and children make outstanding progress. Our members of staff have very high expectations for what all children can achieve and they consistently offer activities that inspire and challenge.”

The categories the nursery was graded on are: effectiveness of leadership and management; quality of teaching, learning and assessment; personal development, and behaviour and welfare; and outcomes for children.

The inspector observed the quality of teaching during activities indoors and outdoors, and assessed the impact this has on children's learning. The inspection took on-board the views of a selection of parents and included checking of the suitability and qualifications of staff working

Debbie added: “We were very pleased they noted how members of staff are highly motivated to extend their knowledge and skills and that the relationships between staff and children are excellent; as a result our children are confident learners.”

University Registrar Ken Sloan said: “The nursery and indeed our expanding children’s services provision is a key aspect of the University’s commitment to the wellbeing of our staff and students and how community is at the heart of our values and vision.

“We are extremely pleased that the ongoing high level of provision and service provided by the nursery was acknowledged by Ofsted with another outstanding inspection outcome.”

The University Nursery was registered in 1993 and employs 32 members of childcare staff. Of these, 25 hold appropriate early years qualifications ranging from level 2 to level 6, and three staff members hold Early Years Professional status.

14 March 2016

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For further details please contact Nicola Jones, Communications Manager, University of Warwick 07920531221 or