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Derby Hospitals’ nursery awarded top marks by Ofsted

4 October 2011

A nursery run by Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been rated as outstanding in its 2011 Ofsted report.

Playaway Nursery, based in a house on Uttoxeter New Road, Derby, has achieved top marks in all categories by demonstrating an exceptionally high quality nursery setting.

The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) assessed the nursery based on the quality of management, the skills, care and education delivered to the children and the capacity to continue to improve services.

Outstanding is the highest rating awarded by Ofsted.

Sue Hawkins, head of human resources, said: “We want to ensure that our staff’s children are looked after in a safe and welcoming environment - this outstanding rating is indicative of Playaway Nursery’s commitment to providing a service we can trust.”

The report celebrates the “delightful”, “child-centred environment” that offers a range of educational activities for children ranging from three months to five years old.

Playaway’s manager is described as “an inspiring role model” and the strong communication channels between the staff and management are complimented in the report for ensuring the safety and high quality care of the children.

The inspection describes how parents are “made very welcome” in the nursery, and that staff have an “excellent awareness of the need to promote equality and diversity” and know the children “exceptionally well”.

Personal hygiene, respect and creativity are part of the daily routine of the 45 children currently enrolled at the nursery, according to the report. It also states that the children are making excellent progress in their physical development and are given ample opportunity to develop their mathematical, writing and computer skills.

Playaway Nursery has a vegetable garden in an enclosed outdoor area which allows the children to grow their own fruit and vegetables. The report states how staff plan to extend the vegetable garden to continue their emphasis on healthy eating and lifestyle.

Sarah Moss, nursery manager, said: “This is a fantastic achievement and is testament to all the hard work and dedication that the staff team have put in since our last inspection.

“We are very proud of our achievements and that we are able to say that the Trust's workplace nursery can provide outstanding childcare facilities. 

“We are very excited to share this great news.”


Notes to editors:

The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) regulates and inspects to achieve excellence in the care of children and young people, and in education and skills for learners of all ages.

To view the report please visit: www.ofsted.gov.uk

For more information please contact:

Tanya Holden

Communications Officer

Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

01332 785770