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Right Arrow Trust’s Tiddlywinks Nursery gets top marks in recent Ofsted Report - PR/6/0506
04 May 2005 at 16:46
A recent report from the Office of Standards in Education (Ofsted) has given top marks to Tiddlywinks Nursery at Ormskirk & District General Hospital. This follows the top marks awarded last December to Pipkins Nursery at Southport General Infirmary in a similar Ofsted report.

The purpose of the inspection, which took place in March, is to assure Government, parents and the public of the quality and standard of day care in accordance with the national standards for under eight’s day care. It also ensures that nursery education for funded three and four year old children is of an acceptable standard. Strengths and weaknesses are identified during the inspection so that the nursery providers can improve the quality of education and help children reach the Early Learning Goals. 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.

“It’s quite a stressful time during the inspection,” said Julie Walsh, Manager of Tiddlywinks. “We try not to do anything special for the occasion, as we don’t want to create a false impression. It’s best to carry on as normal. It is a very detailed inspection, looking at all the staff working with the children, the records and documentation and so on. The care of the children is the most important thing for us and it’s very pleasing to know that we meet the highest standards.”

Tiddlywinks was registered in 1991 and is one of the two nurseries run by Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust. The nursery is open each weekday from 8.00am to 5.30pm, 52 weeks of the year. The nursery has places for 54 children each day, and has over 90 children currently on the books.

Some of the positive comments from the report were:
“Staff work well as a team to create a pleasant environment and to provide good quality nursery education.”

“Staff use praise very well to boost the children’s self esteem.”

“Staff provide positive role models for the children by promoting kindness and a caring manner.”

“Children are provided with choice and encouraged to develop their independence.”

“Children are developing a positive attitude to exercise and are developing a growing awareness to staying healthy.”

“Children enter the nursery happily and confidently move around to self-select activities.”

“Partnership with parents is very good.”

“Parents are extremely supportive of the group and the staff.”

Both Tiddlywinks Nursery at Ormskirk Hospital and Pipkins Nursery at Southport General Infirmary are open to everyone whether hospital staff or not and both nurseries currently have some vacancies. If anyone is interested in a place for their child, please contact either Julie Walsh at Tiddlywinks on 01695 656558 or Norma Rimmer at Pipkins on 01704 703607.


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

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