Effectiveness of the leadership and management is outstanding
Arrangements for safeguarding are effective. Practitioners are extremely skilled at recognising the signs and symptoms of abuse. They follow the nursery’s rigorous safeguarding procedures to ensure that every child’s well-being is paramount. Leaders implement robust policies to ensure the safety of both children and practitioners. Highly effective supervision and coaching ensures that practitioners’ professional development is expertly enhanced. The nursery principal acts as an exemplary role model for her team of well-qualified and dedicated childcare professionals. Effective monitoring of children’s progress enables the principal to identify any gaps in children’s learning and to seek appropriate interventions. She is currently reviewing how she uses this data to target children’s learning to raise it to an even higher level.
Quality of teaching, learning and assessment is outstanding
Opportunities for children’s learning are extensive. Children enthusiastically guide their own play and learning by freely accessing the innovative range of resources available to them. They explore whether a small selection of items will float or sink in their bowl of water. Once they establish the answer they place the item on the correct visual prompt of float or sink. Practitioners sit close by and ask children purposeful questions to extend their thinking. Children thoroughly enjoy expressing themselves in the role play and messy-play rooms. The resources to promote children’s imaginative skills are exciting and versatile. Children determine how the role play room is used and which scenario they want to act out. Practitioners skilfully enhance children’s communication and language skills, ensuring that all children are able to articulate their feelings and participate in both large- and small-group discussions.
Personal development, behaviour and welfare are outstanding
Children are extremely comfortable in the nursery. Children’s self-esteem and confidence are expertly promoted by practitioners who consistently offer children praise and encouragement. Children are highly respectful of each other and of the adults caring for them. For example, they know not to interrupt a conversation between other people; they say excuse me and wait until there is a gap in the discussion. Children are extremely knowledgeable about where food comes from. They grow and harvest a wide range of fruit and vegetables in their garden. Children are provided with extensive opportunities to develop their physical skills. For example, they negotiate walking along wooden stepping stones in the garden and gallop around the horse trial circuit in their horse costume.
Outcomes for children are outstanding
Children are extremely well prepared for their next stage of learning, including entering school. Many children are able to write their own names and some read simple sentences from reading books. All children develop excellent personal care skills from an early age. For example, they proficiently prepare themselves for playing outdoors by choosing appropriate clothing.
The Mulberry Bush Montessori Nursery in West Mersea has been awarded the GB Silver Award for Autism Friendly Environments.
Nursery Principal Cheryl Knight said, ‘We welcome this award in recognition for the work we do to promote equality and inclusion. Nursery Senco, Jo Walton is our Autism Lead and Leander Trunks is the nursery speech and language coordinator, they mentor all staff to ensure continuity in practice in promoting Inclusion by maintaining a safe, positive, welcoming and enabling environment which reflects the needs of all the children within our setting. As a team we are committed to working in partnership with parents and other professionals and hold shared aspirations for each and every child, ensuring they are given the support and the opportunities to reach their full potential and achieve the best outcomes”.
Independent Nursery Award
A local Montessori nursery has been selected for the final for the Independent Nursery of the year category in the NMT Nursery Awards 2016.
The Mulberry Bush Montessori Nursery is owned and run by Mrs Cheryl Knight and her fantastic team. It is an independent private nursery in West Mersea, Colchester, Essex and is judged outstanding in all areas by Ofsted (2016)
The Mulberry Bush Montessori Nursery was nominated for the Independent Nursery Award.
Cheryl Knight the owner and Principal of the Mulberry Bush Montessori Nursery in West Mersea, Colchester said: “We are all very proud to have come this far in these prestigious national nursery awards. We work extremely hard as a team to ensure we provide the very best inclusive care and education for all of our young children and their families and it is so nice to receive external recognition for our hard work and dedication. We were once again graded Outstanding by Ofsted in July, so also making it to the finals of the NMT awards has been a great achievement for us.
Winners of the NMT Nursery Awards 2016 were presented with their trophies by Professor Lord Winston at the high-profile Gala Night held on Saturday 26th November at the London Hilton Metropole Hotel, attended by over 500 guests.
About the Awards
National Management Team Awards is an annual event organised by Nursery Management Today, the leading business publication in the nursery sector and sponsored by key companies providing services in the early years sector. The Awards are designed to reward excellence in childcare and celebrate the very best people in the Nursery Sector. There are 17 categories to enter overall and there were four or five finalists in each category with three independent judges. We were finalists in the National Independent Nursery category.
For more information and all categories, please visit www.nmt-magazine.co.uk/awards/
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