Elswick House Nursery School was judged to be 'Outstanding' in 2008 and again in 2015 when we were last inspected. August 14th, 2015 ..... the OFSTED Inspector arrived on the most difficult of days. We had builders in, a skip in the front was being collected, we were between managers and it was pouring with rain. Despite everything, we came through with flying colours. The judgement was that we are an 'Outstanding' Nursery. We were delighted with the outcome and very proud.


Here are the main points from the 2015 OFSTED letter:-

Inspection date

Previous inspection date

14 August 2015

18 September 2008


The quality and standards of the early years provision

This inspection:



Previous inspection:



How well the early years provision meets the needs of the range of children who attend



The contribution of the early years provision to the well-being of children



The effectiveness of the leadership and management of the early years provision



The setting meets legal requirements for early years settings




Summary of key findings for parents

 This provision is outstanding                                                                                        



Children flourish and are highly motivated by the extensive range of activities provided within the nursery and out in the local community. They are provided with an excellent educational programme, through which they can learn and develop.


Staff are well qualified and very experienced. They demonstrate an excellent knowledge and understanding of how children learn. A wide range of teaching strategies are used to ensure all children make very good progress based on their starting points.


Leaders and managers closely monitor children's progress and highlight any gaps in their learning. This enables staff to ensure support and intervention strategies are applied swiftly where needed.


Children in the pre-school room develop a range of skills and knowledge in readiness for school. Staff teach children to understand rhyming words through stories and games. Children learn to link letters to sounds and to recognise and write their name. As a result, these structured small-group sessions help children to develop excellent early reading and writing skills.


Highly comprehensive recruitment procedures ensure all adults who have contact with children are suitable. Staff have an excellent understanding of how to safeguard and protect children.


Key persons effectively support children's emotional well-being and development. Parents and staff actively share comprehensive information on a regular basis and work exceptionally well together. This results in parents successfully supporting their child's learning at home.

What the setting needs to do to improve further


To further improve the quality of the early years provision the provider should:



extend the already successful systems used to monitor staff performance to focus more precisely on the impact of staff practice on outcomes for children.

Inspection findings

How well the early years provision meets the needs of the range of children who attend. This is outstanding


Children are happy, settled and confident. A wealth of information is gathered from parents during a settling-in period, which includes what children know and can do. This allows staff to clearly identify starting points and plan activities based on children's individual needs and interests. Younger children's communication and language skills are developed as they sing songs and share stories. Children enjoy investigating a range of sensory boxes with different tools and materials. They explore the objects and develop their physical skills. Older children enjoy manipulating malleable materials to create models or pictures by selecting their own materials. This develops children's imagination and creativity. Children recall the ingredients they need to make cakes and learn to count. They measure and weigh as they follow a recipe. This helps develop their mathematical understanding. Children learn about space and planets as they work together to create a floor puzzle about space. Staff expertly support and extend children's knowledge and understanding. Regular visits throughout the year to local farms teach children about the changing seasons and life cycles. Staff skilfully help children who speak English as an additional language to communicate using a range of strategies.

The contribution of the early years provision to the well-being of children is outstanding


Children are encouraged to be physically active every day, both indoors and outdoors. For example, they have swimming lessons, learn about yoga and play in a highly stimulating garden. Children enthusiastically gather apples, which have fallen from fruit trees, in small wheelbarrows and take them to the compost crate. Children grow fruit and vegetables in a small allotment. This helps them learn about growth, decay and changes over time.

Children are taught about healthy eating as they harvest and prepare the food to eat. Healthy and nutritious meals and snacks are provided, which children serve themselves. Babies and younger children are closely monitored as they sleep in the fresh air under a canopy or inside in a cot. From a very young age, children are taught good hygiene practices. Behaviour is excellent. Children work together collaboratively, taking turns and sharing. Effective transition procedures to new rooms or settings ensure children are emotionally well prepared for their next stage in learning.

The effectiveness of the leadership and management of the early years provision is outstanding


The manager and leadership team are enthusiastic, passionate and committed to providing children with stimulating learning experiences. Staff are well trained and use their knowledge to support each child to achieve their full potential. Regular staff supervisions and annual appraisals identify areas to further develop their practice. The manager recognises the need to further develop observations of staff practice. She intends to develop more precise and evaluative observations and link them to the impact of staff practice on children's achievements. Highly effective self-evaluation means that the quality of the setting continually improves and evolves to reflect the needs and views of children and their families.

OFSTED Report 2015
Ofsted Inspection Report 2015.pdf
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The new business, Elswick House Nursery School Limited, trading as 

Elswick House Nursery School, has yet to be inspected.


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