Updated: Thursday, 9th July 2020 @ 8:21am

Outstanding again: Manchester nursery maintains coveted Ofsted rating after surprise inspection

Outstanding again: Manchester nursery maintains coveted Ofsted rating after surprise inspection

By John McDougall

Youngsters in Blackley can be confident of a bright start to their education after a nursery was rated ‘outstanding’ in a recent Ofsted inspection for the second succesive time. 

Tiddlywinks Day Nursery, in Victoria Avenue, maintained the rating they received in 2011, with the report finding them ‘caring and inclusive’.

Imelda Mihell, Tiddlywinks’ managing director, believes the achievement is the result of the hard work and dedication shown by those who work there.

“We are overwhelmed with joy that we are able to maintain our outstanding status since 2011,” she said.

“The inspection was unannounced and totally unexpected. We were not prepared for it, which is good as it shows our day-to-day practice is of an outstanding standard at all times.

“We are so pleased with our result, it reassures us that we are doing the best for our children and giving them the best start in life.”

Anna Trotman, Labour councillor for Higher Blackley, feels the recent positive news can only be a good thing for children and parents in the area.

“It's always good news to hear that one of our nurseries or schools inManchesterdid well in their Ofsted inspections,” she told MM. 

“This must be reassuring to the parents of the children that attend the Tiddlywinks Nursery knowing that their children are getting the best start to their education.”

Registered in 2007, it is part of three nurseries owned and operated by Tiddlywinks, the others being Crumpsall Children’s Centre and a sister site inHill Lane.

Ms Mihell also feels the inspection results will give continuing reassurance to parents who bring their children to Tiddlywinks.

“More so than ever parents take Ofsted reports into consideration when selecting nurseries,” she said.

“It reassures them and gives them an idea of what each nursery is like, before they visit.

“Having an outstanding nursery in Blackley is an important part of the community as it enables parents to access quality childcare locally.”

The visit was carried out just over a month ago by Ofsted inspector Barbara Wearing, observing activities in the younger children’s room and outdoor play area.

In her report, she said: “Children have rich and varied opportunities to learn about the natural world, their local community and the wider world.

“Staff forge strong relationships with parents and observe children closely as they settle in order to gather an accurate picture of children's skills, abilities and interests when they begin.

“Excellent communication with parents and other professionals ensure that all those involved in caring for children have an in-depth understanding of their individual health needs.”

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