St Helens nursery praised by Ofsted

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A children’s nursery in St Helens has been rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Parish Nursery received top marks in all areas of its services and was particularly praised for using targeted intervention to support youngsters’ communication skills.

Parish Nursery took part in the pilot of Early Talk Boost, I CAN - the children’s communication charity’s intervention to help three to four-year-old children with delayed language development boost their language skills and narrow the gap between them and their peers.

The school which provides full time provision for 26 children was reported to have staff that “are highly skilled at supporting, extending and challenging children’s learning. They are passionate about their roles and display extremely high expectations for all children”, the report states.

The report also noted that, ‘children typically start the nursery with communication skills below what is expected for their age and make rapid progress in this area.

They are enthusiastic, independent and motivated to learn.’

This progress is explained by the inspector’s report stating: “Children’s communication, language and literacy skills are supported extremely well.

“Staff use a wide range of highly effective teaching strategies to develop children’s speaking, listening and vocabulary skills.

“Targeted intervention programmes help to further support children and successfully narrow any gaps in learning.”

Nursery manager Michelle Highcock said: “We’re all so proud to be rated outstanding by Ofsted. The report is evidence of the amazing work by the staff and parents to help prepare the children for school.”