Sheffield nursery school still has work to do, inspectors find

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A private Sheffield school where children are urged to believe learning is fun has been found to require improvement.

The Children’s House Montessori Nursery School has been based in Nether Edge for more than 30 years in a large Victorian property,

It has 30 children on roll with nine members of staff.

While the nursery had improved since its last check up when it was rated inadequate, inspectors from government education watchdog Ofsted found there was still work to do.

In their report, they said children’s progress was not maximised, as staff did not make full use of observation and assessment information to plan experiences that supported each youngster’s next stage of development.

The nursery also did not seek the views of parents or children to drive forward their improvement.

And parents were not always fully encouraged to contribute to their children’s development by sharing what they were achieving at home.

However, on the positive side, the inspectors said children were found to enjoy a range of interesting indoor and outdoor activities which supported their continuing learning and development.

The activities were also well resourced to meet the youngsters’ needs.

The inspectors said that staff had created a warm and welcoming environment which helped the children to feel settled and secure, while their carers had a good understanding of their roles and responsibilities over safeguarding, protection and welfare requirements.