A welcoming, inclusive and friendly ethos is just one of the key strengths of Edenderry Nursery School, which has been awarded four ‘outstanding’ ratings in an inspection.
The nursery, which has 52 children in two full-time classes, achieved top marks in all areas inspected.
The Education and Training Inspectorate focused on the children’s achievements and standards, the quality of provision and the quality of leadership and management, and found that the children were very well settled and displayed positive attitudes and dispositions for learning. They were making excellent progress in developing their independence and social skills, and were confident in making choices in their play.
Inspectors noted the stimulating play area and richly resourced learning environment, and said the children’s work was highly valued by the staff and attractively displayed throughout the nursery.
They commented: “The staff are highly skilled in supporting the children to progress in their learning and development. Excellent tailored support is provided for those children identified as having additional learning needs. The outstanding pastoral care is exemplified in the welcoming, inclusive and friendly ethos in which each child is valued and supported.”
Turning to leadership and management, the inspection report said that staff, led by principal Sandra Aston, shared a vision for providing high quality care and education, and identified clear areas for development and improvement.
Parental responses to a questionnaire, circulated as part of the inspection, indicated very high levels of satisfaction with all aspects of the educational and pastoral provision. In particular, parents appreciated the child-centred ethos, varied range of activities provided for the children and the hard-working and dedicated staff.
Staff responses indicated a strong sense of teamwork and a dedication towards meeting the needs of the children and their families.
The report concluded, “In the areas inspected, the quality of education provided by this nursery is outstanding.”