Brent nursery rated 'inadequate' by Ofsted sees massive turn-around in just 5 months

Christchurch Kindergarten, Wembley
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A North London nursery rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted last year has been upgraded after reinspection, with the leadership praised for implementing a ‘step-by-step plan’ to address the previous concerns raised. The teaching quality had been described as ‘weak’ but further staff training has led to a rapid turnaround.

Christchurch Kindergarten, located at Ascension Church in Wembley, provides day care to up to 40 one to four-year-old children during school term time. It receives funding from Brent Council for early years education for kids aged two to four.

The nursery has now been rated as ‘good’ following a follow-up inspection earlier this year (April 30). The curriculum was described as ‘ambitious’, with staff having attended training and introduced strategies to aid learning, such as ways to develop children’s listening and communication skills.

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Christchurch Kindergarten, Wembley
The nursery was rated 'inadequate' following an inspection in November last year -Credit:Google Maps

Following an inspection in November of last year, Christchurch Kindergarten received the lowest possible rating - ‘inadequate’. In the report, Ofsted inspectors noted a ‘significant decline’ in the quality of the nursery and questioned the staff’s suitability for the role. The report heavily criticised the teaching methods and concluded that the children ‘do not develop positive attitudes to their learning’.

However, huge improvements have been made in the five months between the two inspections. Children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are ‘extremely well supported’. Children form ‘close bonds’ with staff and behave ‘incredibly well’.

Parents told inspectors that they ‘feel involved’ in their child’s learning and have encouraged friends and family to use the nursery because they feel the kids ‘make good progress and are kept safe’. Staff also attended training to refresh their safeguarding knowledge, which has led them to feel ‘more informed’ and confident to identify issues that would raise concern.

A spokesperson for the nursery told the Local Democracy Reporting Service: “At Christchurch Kindergarten the teams work closely together, taking on board and addressing the comments made by the inspector with a view to ensure that these were acted upon and ready for Ofsted. At all times, the interests of the children were paramount and staff wellbeing managed.”

They added: “At Christchurch Kindergarten, Parental Partnership has always been strong and at the forefront and we kept them fully appraised at all times and had unwavering support from them. We also had immense support from the Early Years Team in Brent.”

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