Nursery celebrates outstanding Ofsted

Staff and children from St Helens College nursery
Staff and children from St Helens College nursery

A nursery is celebrating after it was rated as outstanding by Ofsted.

St Helens College’s nursery achieved outstanding in all four areas after an inspection at the end of March.

The nursery, based at the town centre campus, provides purpose built provision for students who attend courses at the college and need childcare assistance.

It employs 15 members of staff, all with early years qualifications at level three and above, to look after up to 64 children during term-time.

The nursery provides full day-care for those aged from birth up to five years and boasts some fantastic facilities.

They also support children with disabilities and educational needs as well as those who speak English as a second language.

Susan Hopper, an Ofsted inspector, said: “The staff team is well qualified and highly experienced.

“They demonstrate a strong commitment to providing the highest standard of care and learning.

“Staff use their extensive knowledge of how children learn and develop to plan an exciting range of activities and experiences that children thoroughly enjoy.

“All children consistently make high rates of progress in relation to their starting points.

“Children of all ages and abilities gain the confidence and skills they need for the next stage in their learning, including starting school. They are highly motivated, enthusiastic and enjoy their learning.”

Deputy Principal Brian Dean said: “The college prides itself on the support that is made available to our students; this outstanding childcare provision enhances this package further.

“Nicola, our Nursery Manager and her team have worked tirelessly to establish a strong, secure environment for our students’ children to learn, develop and grow.”

If you are considering studying at St Helens College, or would like some more information on the childcare support available for students, please call 0800 996699.