Nursery’s good manners quest

INSPECTORS have given an ‘outstanding’ rating to a nursery which won praise for children’s good manners at meal times.

Watchdog Ofsted also said Cherubs Children’s Centre in Pleasley produced little angels thanks to a ‘calm and nurturing atmosphere’.

The Chesterfield Road North nursery was rated ‘outstanding’, the highest grade possible, in all but one of 17 inspection judgements in its latest report.

It impressed Ofsted’s Angela Hufton with the way children ‘demonstrate extremely good manners, knowing that they should wait until every child has got food on their plate before beginning to eat their meal’.

Nursery manager Tracy Pattison said staff attitudes had been key to achieving the ‘amazing’ assessment.

She added promoting good manners and orderly meal times were key aims of the nursery.

“The children do self-serving at meal times and wait until everyone has sat down at their table before they eat,” she said.

“The parents love it because they can see this behaviour reflects at home and children set their own plates and tables there.

“It also helps children’s social skills and they also get used to helping one another.”

The inspection also highlighted ‘outstanding leadership and management’ at the centre, which has 50 children on the books aged six weeks to 11 years.

“Children are very polite to each other, reflecting the way they are treated by the staff and take good care of their surroundings and resources,” added the report.

Good relationships with parents also helped the nursery towards a near-perfect inspection score.

Added Tracy: “It’s thanks to the staff and their motivation and desire to be ‘outstanding’. They’ve put a lot of effort in and this is the result.”