College nursery praised by Ofsted

Our onsite nursery is a great place to send your children, according to Ofsted.

The Canterbury College Children’s Centre has been praised by inspectors, who gave it a ‘Good’ rating following a recent visit. The Centre works with children aged 2 to 5 years old and is based at our main campus.

Many areas were singled out for special praise in the Ofsted report, which was published earlier this month.

Canterbury College Children’s Centre manager Sarah Hopkins said: “Our Centre is a great place to send your children, and we’re really pleased that Ofsted has recognised this. We have a good team who work hard to improve children’s opportunities, particularly when it comes to their learning and development.

“We have a clear vision of how to move the Children’s Centre forward, and are confident of being awarded Outstanding by Ofsted in the future – a sentiment which was also shared by the inspector.”

‘Good role models’

Staff were described as good role models who teach children to understand rules and boundaries. They also take the time to learn children’s backgrounds, allowing them to more effectively monitor a child’s progress and identify their needs.

‘Encouraging creativity, communication and language’

There is a lot to interest and engage children, and they are encouraged to be creative. Staff work to develop children’s language and communication skills. Each child is assigned somebody who helps them to feel safe and cared for while at the same time building relationships with parents.

‘Healthy living’

Children learn about healthy lifestyles and the importance of fresh air and exercise. ‘Free play’ sessions are held indoors and outside, allowing children to share and learn from their peers. Diet is also important. Food at the Children’s Centre is made with the aim of being exciting and interesting to young palettes. Staff ensure that all children’s health and dietary requirements are met.

‘Staff expertise’

The coaching that staff receive in order to keep their skills up-to-date was praised. The Children’s Centre offers work placements to Canterbury College Early Years students, who work alongside more experienced members of staff.

Overall, the inspector felt that children’s learning and development at Canterbury College Children’s Centre is good. Canterbury College Children’s Centre is open for 50 weeks of the year, and is closed for a week at Easter and again at Christmas.