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Right Arrow Top marks for Pipkins Day Nursery in recent Ofsted Report - PR/38a/0405
08 November 2004 at 09:25
A recent Report from the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) has given top marks to Pipkins Day Nursery at the Southport General Infirmary in Scarisbrick New Road. The nursery is one of two run by Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust; the other is Tiddlywinks Nursery at Ormskirk & District General Hospital.

The nursery is inspected against national standards of both care and education for children up to school age. The inspection looks at organisation; care, learning and play; physical environment; equipment; safety; health; food and drink; equal opportunities; special needs; behaviour; working in partnership with parents and cares; child protection and documentation.

For over three year olds it also includes educational standards in personal, social and emotional development; communication, language and literacy; mathematical development; knowledge and understanding of the world; creative development and physical development. In all categories the top marks were awarded.

“It’s quite a nerve-racking time during the inspection,” said Norma Rimmer, Manager of Pipkins. “It’s not really extra work, as we don’t want to do anything false. It’s best to carry on as normal. The inspection is very detailed, looking at all the staff working with the children, the records and documentation and so on. It’s satisfying to know that we meet the highest standards, because the care of the children is the most important thing.”

Some of the comments from the report include:
‘The environment is warm and welcoming.’
‘Artwork for all ages of children and photographs of their exploits are displayed fostering their self-esteem.’
‘Staff respond to children’s play with enthusiasm and activities are fostering their imagination, creativity and learning of the world around them.’

In the over three year olds:
‘Children’s independence is being fostered well.’
‘Children are developing good mathematical skills and are keen to use language to communicate.’
‘They are well behaved and staff use good role modelling to help children acquire excellent manners and respect for each other.’



Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714
E-mail: matthew.king@southportandormskirk.nhs.uk