Nursery gets thumbs-up in Ofsted report

Tom Thumb Nursery, Eastbourne
Tom Thumb Nursery, Eastbourne
  • Tom Thumb rated as ‘good’
  • Promoting children’s learning and development
  • ‘I’m extremely proud of all the team for working so hard’

Staff and little ones at Tom Thumb Nursery are celebrating a good Ofsted inspection.

The nursery in The Avenue, Eastbourne, was rated ‘good’ in every section of the report which was published by Ofsted in March.

The inspectors said, “The staff provide a good range of activities to help promote children’s learning and development.

“They organise the resources so children can make independent choices in their play.

“Young children excitedly explored story books and enjoyed playing with the trains. Staff made good use of these opportunities to enhance children’s language and introduce new words. As a result, all children make good progress in their communication and language development.

“Staff introduce mathematical concepts alongside children’s play and routines. For example, they involve the children in laying the table for lunch, which helps children to develop skills in counting and problem solving.”

The Ofsted inspector said to achieve an ‘outstanding’ rating the nursery should review the organisation of snack, lunch and circle times and ‘enhance the balance between adult-led activities and those that children choose themselves’.

Management was also praised for their understanding of the children’s needs.

Nursery owner Claire Townsend said, “I am very pleased with our latest report and extremely proud of all the team for working so hard and being such an amazing bunch.

“The inspector told us during her visit we were very close to getting outstanding, and I am sure that if she had come during term time and not half term we would of achieved the outstanding easily.”