Townmead Community Nursery based within the Sands End estate has been awarded an Outstanding rating by Government Body, Ofsted (the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills) for its remarkable achievements in transitioning the nursery from a underperforming Early Years setting into one of the borough’s most respected places for childcare.
The Nursery, which caters for 48 children between the age of 12 months and 5 years, had originally been operated as a term-time only Pre-School by the Preschool Learning Alliance and was limited to children from 2-5 years.
Originally, a Pre-school Learning Alliance, it struggled to deliver a high quality setting facing vandalism and previously failing its Ofsted inspection.
Townmead reopened in April 2015 as a LEYF nursery (London Early Years Foundation) supported by Area Manager, Shirley Paddock and nursery manager Feryal Yuksel, who both led the team forward, determined to improve outcomes for children and families. Links were made with both the local community and local schools where a gardening project took place. This in turn has enabled easy transitions from nursery to school for the children at the end of term. What’s more, children are now supported by a LEYF culturewhich is based on the children’s interests and needs, enabling them to achieve the best start in life.
The inspection findings, which included effectiveness of the Leadership and Management, Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment, Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare and Outcomes for children – were all rated Outstanding.
LEYF Area Manager, Shirley Paddock says, “It’s incredible that in just two years we’ve transformed the nursery into a setting that allows us to offer the highest standards of care and education for children – giving them the best foundations for school and life.”
LEYF’s CEO June O’Sullivan MBE adds, “65% of our LEYF nurseries are rated Outstanding and we were therefore delighted that Townmead has also been recognized for its tremendous achievements in just 24 months. The Ofsted Report reinforced the nursery team’s aspiration and commitment to delivering great teaching in a nurturing and fun environment.