Happy smiles at Hillside

 HILLSIDE Day nursery has retained its “Good” rating in a recent Ofsted inspection. 

The nursery in Britannia Road had last been inspected in 2017, and inspectors said they took into account the impact of the pandemic in their assessment. 

The 11 members of staff at Hillside were praised for their work with the youngsters age one to four that they look after. 

Inspectors observed that the 44 children at the nursery were making good progress and staff were training for accreditation in a “curiosity approach”. 

The Ofsted report said: “Babies and children are happy and well cared for. Their safety and well-being are closely supported. 

“They form strong bonds with the caring and friendly staff, particularly their key person. 

“Parents have complete confidence in the staff and say that they take all aspects of children’s support incredibly seriously. Staff work with parents to support children’s behaviour consistently. 

“Children benefit from the calm atmosphere that staff promote well across the whole nursery.” 

Inspectors said that the nursery could improve if staff adapted routines so that children could follow their own interests, or to deal with exuberant behaviour by taking children outside. 

Nursery manager Shay Clarke said: “Staff have worked incredibly hard to make changes to the environment and their practice as they implement our new ethos as work towards our Curiosity Approach Accreditation. 

“We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded a ‘Good’.” 

The nursery’s owners, Donna Pepper and Sarah Cook, said: “The report represents the setting positively and it is a tribute to the team’s dedication and the love and care they show every day.