A NURSERY in Chard has been celebrating a positive Ofsted report improving from a previous ‘inadequate’ rating.

The Lawns Children’s Nursery at Chard School received a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating after a full inspection in October 2023.

A spokesperson for the nursery, commenting on the report published in December, said: “We couldn’t be prouder of our brilliant fully qualified staff team, exceptional children, and amazing parents.”

Chard & Ilminster News: Children marking out the word 'good' at the nurseryChildren marking out the word 'good' at the nursery (Image: Contributed)

Ofsted commented: “Staff use their knowledge to engage children in a well thought out curriculum, which helps children make the progress of which they are capable.

“Children benefit greatly from the strong bonds they form with familiar adults who know them well.

“There is a strong focus on supporting children’s communication and language skills.

“Children thoroughly enjoy the healthy snacks and meals provided by the resident cook.

“There are good opportunities for children to learn about where food comes from, to prepare it, and grow their own.

“Children behave well. Staff forge positive relationships with parents.

“Children behave well. There is a strong focus on providing children with the skills to self-regulate and understand their feelings.

“Children show curiosity in the natural world and love their time outside.

“We are delighted that the Inspector could see our ambitious curriculum and how we fulfill the nursery vision.”

The Ofsted inspectors also said: “Staff use their risk assessments effectively to provide children with a safe and secure environment to explore.

“All staff have good knowledge of the indicators that a child is at risk of harm and know who to report their concerns to.

“The designated safeguarding leads (DSL) understand their roles and responsibilities to record and report concerns, including any allegations regarding staff, to appropriate agencies.

“Leaders and managers use robust procedures to ensure that all staff are suitable for their role and remain so.”