The nursery at Staffordshire University has been rated outstanding by Ofsted following a recent inspection.
The on-campus nursery, based at Winton Square, was assessed this summer and has received the highest possible judgement in all areas under review.
The report praises the quality of teaching and learning at the nursery, the effectiveness of the management and the children’s behaviour. Also highly commended is the staff’s commitment and their relationships with children and parents.
The nursery was praised for the range of activities undertaken with the children including encouraging an interest in wildlife with bird watching and looking for bugs, growing herbs to use in home-made dough and developing a strong empathy with animals in ‘pet time’.
It has also taken part in pilot schemes run by Stoke-on-Trent City Council aimed at improving children’s communications skills and speech as well as emotional development.
The nursery also offers student on teaching and childcare courses work experience and has been recognised internally with an award from the University for its contribution to employability.
Following Staffordshire University’s £40m campus transformation, the University’s Stafford nursery has merged with the nursery at the new city campus in Stoke.
Find out more about Staffordshire University’s nursery here.