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Buckshaw Village Nursery, based at The Hub on Buckshaw Village have recently been inspected by Ofsted against the Early Years framework and have once again achieved the ‘Outstanding in every available area’ grading. This is the third inspection in a row, since opening in 2011 the nursery has achieved the same grading.

The inspector praised the team for placing the children at the very heart of everything they do and encourage the children to share their aspirations for the future by speaking about their hopes and dreams by teaching them that these ‘are within easy reach if only we believe’ she also identified that ‘the children enjoyed every minute of their time in this inclusive, calm and appealing nursery’.

Julie Wilde (Operations Manager) for the nursery said “As a team, we are over the moon with the ‘Outstanding’ result once again! Returning to some sort of normality after the lockdowns was challenging for our children and parents who had been very sheltered during the Covid pandemic, and we were honoured that many families who were starting with us put their trust in us to care for their little ones without even having been able to visit the Nursery or get to know our highly motivated team properly. As the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework that sets the standards to make sure that children aged from birth to 5 learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe, was changed in September 2021 – this achievement is in recognition of the fantastic work the management and team put in on a day to day basis”

Staff have worked tremendously hard during the COVID-19 pandemic to maintain consistent communication with the children who could not attend due to closures and lockdowns. Our staff video called children frequently with the children joining us for live storytelling, and singing and dancing sessions.

As we are based at The Hub at Buckshaw on Buckshaw Village we regularly make use of the other businesses based at The Hub which provide many learning opportunities for our children such as using our on-site swimming pool – ‘Splash @ Buckshaw’ – or ‘Cappuccino’s @ The Hub’ – for the children to enjoy ‘Morning Coffee or Afternoon Hot Chocolates’. We have even had ‘hairdressing sessions’ at ‘Hair & Beauty @ The Hub also’. Julie said “we are so lucky to have all these extra’s on-site for the children to learn in also’’.