A County Durham nursery has received a ‘good’ Ofsted report after reopening with new management and staff.

After being a core childcare facility in the local community for over two decades, The Nursery in Consett, County Durham faced a “period of uncertainty” in April 2023 when they closed.  

Since reopening in October 2023 with a new curriculum, under new management and with a new team of staff, they are "delighted" to have been given a “good” Ofsted report, which has already seen new enquiries and registrations to The Nursery.  

The Northern Echo: The Nursery in Consett has received a "good" Ofsted report

In the report, Ofsted said: “There are noticeable warm and affectionate relationships between staff and children.

“Staff know and value every child. From the very start, they ensure that they understand each child's needs.

“Parents are happy with the nursery and specifically comment on the good communication from staff.”

Their new focus for the nursery’s curriculum looked at securing development in personal, social and emotional skills, physical development and communication and language development in children.

Judith Dixon, Nursery Manager said: “Our vision for children attending nursery to feel secure, build confidence and independence to be eager leaners and prepare them for their next step in their learning in readiness to join school.

“We have worked hard to create a positive learning environment with a homely feel, there has been significant changes to policies and procedures and a greater emphasis on investment in our staff team who have all been employed since reopening.”

The new curriculum and goals for The Nursery is clearly receiving a good reception from the local community as the childcare facility has seen 20 new families register, as the positive Ofsted report continues to boost support.

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Judith Dixon added: “The impact of the nursery receiving the good grading has enhanced the reputation of the setting and built confidence with families looking locally for childcare, this has already been shown in the number of enquiries and registrations we have had since the inspection.

“Overall achieving a good Ofsted report reflects a commitment to providing high quality early years education and care which benefits both children and their families.”