SEAFORD: Inspection report puts nursery at top of the class

STAFF and children at Micklefield Nursery in Seaford are celebrating after receiving top marks in an Ofsted inspection.

Employees at the school, based in Sutton Avenue, were praised for working well together and demonstrating ‘a real passion for their work’.

The facility, which has 113 under-fives on roll, was marked outstanding in all of the report’s 17 areas.

The OFSTED report read, “Children are extremely happy, settled and have a wonderful time at the setting.

“They thrive in the caring, friendly atmosphere and make excellent progress in their learning and development due to very effective interaction by staff and well-focused planning to meet their individual needs.”

The document also reflected on children having an extensive and imaginative variety of learning experiences and added, “The whole setting is made very attractive and highly stimulating with children’s work beautifully displayed and plenty of interesting items for parents to see.

“This results in children and parents feeling welcome and gives children a strong sense of belonging.

“They show they feel very secure and safe as they readily leave their parents and quickly find their favourite activities.”

The inspector praised Micklefield’s outdoor play areas, some of which have recently been installed.

Head teacher Kiesa Elliot said she was delighted with the report, which builds upon Micklefield’s ‘good’ assessment from Ofsted in 2007.

She added, “The report talks about the commitment and the passion that the staff have, and that’s so gratifying because we are all so passionate about our jobs.

“It’s definitely a team effort here and we’re so lucky to have such a dedicated and hard-working group of people at Micklefield.

“We’ve got a few children with additional needs and the OFSTED inspector saw how inclusive we are with them.

“We’re marked in 17 different areas by OFSTED and it’s quite unusual to be judged as outstanding in all of them.”

Micklefield was established as an educational trust in 1994 and is run by a board of governors.

It employs 18 staff.