Nature inspired nursery rated 'outstanding' as children are 'happy and excited'

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Outstanding - Children proudly celebrate their Ofsted rating in Hadleigh Country Park
Outstanding - Children proudly celebrate their Ofsted rating in Hadleigh Country Park

A NATURE-inspired nursery which makes children’s welfare the “highest priority” has been rated “outstanding” in its first inspection by Ofsted.

Little Wild Tribe Education, based in Hadleigh Country Park, was received the highest-available score in all areas after its first inspection on June 22.

Inspectors highlighted how excited the children were to start their day and become engrossed in the activities on offer.

The report stated: “Children run excitedly into base camp, eager to start their day of wonder and curiosity.

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“They leave their parents with ease as they become engrossed in the wealth of activities on offer in this inspirational setting.

“Children are welcomed by exceptionally, happy, motivated, and nurturing practitioners.

“They form close and trusting bonds with their key worker, and team of staff, before immersing themselves in learning.”

Little Wild Tribe was founded in 2019 by two mothers from Leigh, Kelly Guthrie and Emma Baker, who dreamed of providing outdoor adventures for their children.

They saw in the area there was a need for a nature nursery in which children could learn through uninhibited play in the natural world.

Kelly said: “We are absolutely delighted that Ofsted were able to recognise just how exceptional our skilled staff team are.

“As a team, we work hard to conscientiously provide the children with the most phenomenal of learning experiences every single day and so we are really pleased that this was evident during the inspection.

Emma Baker added: “Within 12 months of opening, Little Wild Tribe had a four-year waiting list for childcare places, and it became evident that there is significant demand for outdoor childcare provision.

“During the pandemic we didn’t have one single case and that is testament to the power of the great outdoors.”

Inspectors added that the children’s welfare is of the highest priority.

The report stated: “All practitioners have completed safeguarding training, which includes a wide range of child protection issues.

“They continually refresh their knowledge and understanding through ongoing training, and they are skilful in spotting any possible signs or behaviours that may suggest children are worried or upset. Children’s welfare is of the highest priority and arrangements for safeguarding are effective.”