Oaklands Nursery in Tonbridge with unique approach to Early Childhood achieves Ofsted Good rating

22 December 2021

Oaklands Nursery, located in Tonbridge, has been awarded a good rating, following their inspection last month.

The Nursery, which is located in a beautifully converted house on Brook Street, has been serving its local community since 2004 and cares for 120 children between the ages of 3 months and 5 years.

Staff offer children of all ages a range of exciting outdoor activities, making the most of the large garden the Nursery benefits from. Children take part in Forest School sessions, and the Nursery’s own bespoke Above and Beyond Educational Experience, Garden Champions which is supported by the Royal Horticultural Society’s School Gardening Award.

The Inspector commended the way children “learn about the natural world around them”, observing that they “grow their own food produce such as carrots, runner beans and cabbage”, and “go on to make a stir-fry and vegetable soup on the camp-fire with the items” they have grown.

Observing on the day of the inspection, the Inspector said, “Children of all ages are happy, confident and independent at the nursery.  They are enthusiastic to join in with motivating activities that staff carefully plan for them.”

The Nursery has recently embraced the ‘Curiosity Approach’ and are a fully accredited setting. The ‘Curiosity Approach is a modern day approach to Early Childhood which focuses on promoting awe and wonder in children through the environments and resources in a setting. This supports staff in planning “challenging experiences that children thoroughly enjoy”. Staff also “attend regular training and are proactive in keeping their knowledge up to date.”

The Inspector confirmed that “all children make good progress and are well supported, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities.” They commended the way “the manager closely monitors the high-quality of care and learning opportunities staff provide.”

Staff at the Nursery were praised for the “secure and trusting relationships” they establish with “all children”, with the Inspector noting how well “they get to know each child and their personalities”. This contributes to children having “a good sense of belonging and positive levels of well-being and self-esteem.”

Children’s “kind and respectful” behaviour was also recognised in the report which said that “all children are polite and behave well”, “build meaningful friendships and happily play together.”

The Inspector also spoke to parents of the Nursery who reported that “the managers and staff establish positive partnerships with parents. They keep them well involved and informed in their children’s learning and achievements” and how they are “so happy with the provision at Oaklands.”

“It comes as no surprise to learn that the staff at Oaklands have been recognised as good following their recent inspection. In the time that our daughter has attended her confidence has grown, we are always blown away by the activities she has participated in. We are sure as she transitions to school in September we will see the true impact that Oaklands have had.”

“I am so impressed with Oaklands nursery, huge congratulations to all of the amazing staff members who have looked after my daughter so well and you are all outstanding to me!”

The Nursery Manager, Dayna Pledge, is thrilled with the report, and said “The team and I are delighted with the outcome of the inspection and are extremely proud of the excellent feedback given by the inspector. We are pleased that the hard work and dedication the team demonstrate in providing our children with unique and inspiring experiences, has been recognised.”

The full Ofsted report is available here.

If you would like more information, or to visit Oaklands Nursery, contact Dayna on manager@oaklandsnursery.co.uk or visit their website https://oaklandsnursery.co.uk/ .