Sutton nursery gains highest-possible Ofsted result

Paper Moon Nursery on Mansfield Road, Sutton.
Paper Moon Nursery on Mansfield Road, Sutton.

A Sutton nursery has been found to be outstanding in every area of teaching and care by education watchdog Ofsted and staff are over the moon.

Staff and children at Paper Moon Nursery on Mansfield Road, Sutton, are celebrating after receiving Ofsted’s highest rating after its latest inspection in May.

The nursery which looks after children up to the age of three has improved on its ‘good’ rating from its previous inspection in 2013.

Diane Stone and Joanne Mary Smith, who completed the inspection for Ofsted noted that children with special educational needs or disabilities are fully integrated into the nursery and that staff have “exceptional knowledge of the children they work with.”

Natalie Smith, the nursery’s manager said: “I’m so happy that the nursery has been recognised as outstanding as this truly represents the day to day practice that happens at the nursery.

“The staff team are so committed to providing the very best for our children and are so proud to have been recognised by Ofsted in this way.

“The plan now is, once we’ve finished celebrating, to remain focused and continue to maintain outstanding care and education for our children.”

The inspection also noted that staff embrace children’s interests one example given was that they join in when children re-enact, ‘The Gruffalo’ story.

It also noted that “children flourish during their time in the setting, and their behaviour is exemplary”.

Alison Hill is the area manager for the nursery chain which has seven nurseries in the area including the one in Sutton which is the biggest.

The Mansfield Road nursery is the second Paper Moon Nursery to receive an outstanding rating.

Alison Hill said: “It takes a lot of dedication from all management team and the staff to achieve outstanding.“The most important thing is putting the children first.

“We pride ourselves on celebrating and supporting the individuality of each child alongside investing in our staff through their training and development.”

To improve Ms Stone and Ms Smith asked the school to continue to develop the teaching skills of new employees so that they reach the same standards as established staff.