A Thornaby nursery is celebrating its ‘outstanding’ results after a surprise visit from Ofsted.
The Montessori People has been awarded the highest possible rating in all three areas of the inspection, which focuses on children’s needs and wellbeing as well as the nursery’s management team.
The devoted nursery has over 100 children between the ages of six weeks and four years. Eileen Grimes of Ofsted wrote the report which stated the nursery ‘consistently meets children’s care, learning and development’ and it has ‘exceptional relationships with parents’.
As well as this, Eileen mentioned ‘the quality of teaching and care is outstanding’ and ‘the provider, manager and staff are passionate about offering children and their families a high-quality nursery provision’. It was also reported that the ‘staff have high expectations of children’.
Managing director, Michelle Tudor, whose nursery aims to ensure children have the best possible start in their early years, said: “We are absolutely thrilled beyond words and I am extremely proud! To read in the Ofsted report ‘the staff’s excellent teaching inspires children to take part and persevere’ is what we’re all about.
“When Oftsed showed up out of the blue at 8.20am I was not worried at all. The whole team has worked incredibly hard to help make The Montessori People the best of the best, and this grading is the pat on the back we all deserve.
“We help children gain a strong foundation for the start of their education and enable them to enjoy learning, so it feels great to be recognised for this.”
The nursery, which is based on the Montessori approach that children learn through understanding and doing rather than being told, encourages self-learning though extracurricular activities such as yoga lessons and gardening days.
Taking care of the children’s health, The Montessori People’s chef, Lynda, sources produce from local suppliers to provide fresh nutritious meals daily. As well as this, regular outdoor activities are held, like the Gruffalo Trial at Hardwick Park.
The mission of The Montessori People is to provide both creative and stimulating intellectual, artistic, and developmental experiences for all children. It strives to cultivate each child’s natural desire to learn and to foster their natural curiosity and love of knowledge.
For more information please visit http://www.themontessoripeople.co.uk/