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Thursday, 21 August 2014

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Good times for Barrow nursery celebrating its fourth anniversary

A NURSERY has been treated to a double celebration, marking its fourth anniversary and a good Ofsted report.

Nursery manager Ruth Rhodes, 33, of Dalton, said College House Day Nursery, in Howard Street, Barrow, has had a week-long celebration, which has included a teddy bears’ picnic, book day, arts and crafts and fancy dress.

An Ofsted inspection took place in April, and the report, published this month, found the nursery to be “good” in all areas.

The report said: “Teaching is good because all staff fully understand how to promote children’s learning.

“Staff are well trained and knowledgeable about safeguarding children. The highly effective partnerships between the nursery, parents, carers, other providers and agencies means that children’s needs are well met.”

Mrs Rhodes said: “We were really pleased with the Ofsted report and the fact it recognised our strengths.

“We decided to have a bit of a celebration week because not all the children come to the nursery every day, so we want to give as many children as possible the chance to join in.

“On Monday, we had a book day where everyone brought in their favourite books and talked about them. We also made bookmarks. “On Tuesday all the children came in their pyjamas. On Wednesday we did an animal day. We did a lot of things like making music in the nursery. On Thursday we had a superhero theme. And on Friday we had a teddy bears’ picnic. They all brought in their soft toys and we had party food and a celebratory cake which said ‘happy anniversary’ on it.

The mum-of-two added: “We also held a raffle for parents to raise money for the nursery because it is a registered charity.

“The week has gone really well. The majority of children who came took part and their parents were really supportive.

“Quite a lot of the parents had their children at Furness Colleges’ nursery before it shut.

“After it closed, parents and people in the community wanted to find a replacement and we’ve tried really hard to make it work. So it’s really nice that this Ofsted report reflects that.

“It’s taken quite a long time and took about a year before we could get it open. A lot of staff worked voluntarily to begin with but they were really committed and motivated.

“The majority of the team which ran the Furness College nursery are still with us.

“It’s not just a job – it’s their nursery. It’s been a really big team effort so it is amazing.

“We started off with 10 children and we now have about 90.”

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