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Nursery chalks up top marks


The Little Scholars nursery, based in the Randall Lines building at City Campus, received the top grade following a recent inspection.

The glowing report praised the extremely strong leadership and management at the nursery which drives the staff team in developing a “highly stimulating and child-centred provision”.

It also stated parents receive extensive information about their child’s progress daily and are encouraged to become actively involved whenever possible. The report also says all children thoroughly enjoy their time in the nursery, with many demonstrating a reluctance to leave when parents or carers arrive to collect them.

Helen Hall, Nursery Manager, said: “We are absolutely delighted by the outstanding grade we have received from Ofsted, which is a great testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff.

“Children benefit from the rich, stimulating environment and the wealth of learning and development that is on offer in the nursery. “

The report stated: “Each child, and their family background, is highly valued and respected as staff are exceptionally skilled in assessing children’s intrinsic characters and interests in order to frame the individualised learning opportunities offered.

“Children truly are enabled to develop skills for the future and are on their way to becoming ‘little scholars’, enabled by the dedicated and enthusiastic management and staff who thoroughly enjoy the role they play in children’s’ early lives.”

The success was celebrated at a presentation ceremony attended by the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Caroline Gipps and nursery staff.

Little Scholars nursery is a 50-place subsidised nursery situated at City Campus available to staff, students and members of the public. It caters for children between two and five years of age.

The nursery opened in 1990. It has a large outdoor play area, which consists of a grass, bark and digging area, as well as a safe play area made of rubber matting. All areas of the curriculum are incorporated through the outside environment to extend children’s learning.

For more information about the nursery, visit or call 01902 322909

Further information

For more information please contact Vickie Warren in the Media Relations Office on 01902 322736

Picture: Vice-Chancellor Professor Caroline Gipps (right) presents Donna Boddison, Deputy Nursery Manager (left) and Helen Hall, Nursery Manager (centre) with the Certificate of Outstanding Provision from Ofsted.

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