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Queen's College Highgrove Nursery rated 'Outstanding'

Queen’s College Highgrove nursery is celebrating an “outstanding” Ofsted report this month (May 22). The Nursery was rated as “outstanding” across all areas by the education inspectors.

Queen's College Highgrove Nursery is situated in a beautiful Georgian building with a traditional family feel, in an environment that feels like home. The nursery has three thoughtfully designed bespoke playrooms for children aged from birth to three and half years of age.

Highgrove nursery operates daily from 7.45am until 6pm, for 51 weeks of the year. It receives funding to provide free early education for children aged three years and employs 15 members of staff working directly with the children.

The Ofsted inspector reporte,

“Children of all ages are eager and inquisitive learners. They enthusiastically explore the exciting indoor and outdoor learning environments. They develop resilience and pride in their achievements.”

“Staff expertly notice what fascinates children and use this information very successfully to motivate their learning. The children move on to their next setting as happy, confident and independent learners, ready for their next challenge.”

Ofsted also noted that children at Highgrove Nursery have outstanding daily opportunities to be active and to relax, such as taking part in yoga. Children have freshly cooked nutritious meals and learn to take care of their teeth.

“Staff are extremely gentle with babies and young children, who gain a highly positive awareness of their own uniqueness and each other's differences. The management team is highly professional and committed to providing an extremely high-quality provision for children and families. There is a sustained drive to continually develop, and they employ qualified and experienced staff who share their high ambition.”

“Leaders recognise the impact that staff's well-being can have on children. Through highly effective support they have a happy staff team.”

“Parents cannot speak highly enough about the nursery. They confirm how rapidly their children are progressing, while having fun. Parents value the strong partnerships they have with staff. These give them confidence that the staff know their children's needs extremely well and meet them highly successfully.

Henry Matthews, Head of Queen’s Prep School said,

"We are incredibly proud of the wonderful work that our Highgrove team do on a daily basis and the 'Outstanding' Ofsted report is the icing on the cake for us. It underpins and reinforces the great work we see at Queen's Highgrove.”

“Our staff have been recognised as 'highly skilled' and that they seek to expand our children's learning at every opportunity through our ambitious curriculum. As part of the report, our parents were spoken to at drop off and the inspector has stated that they 'couldn't speak highly enough of the setting'. Parents are an integral part of our community, and this report recognises that families are kept central to all we do. Our continuous aim at our school is that everyone in the community comes to learn in a happy and safe environment, our strong culture of safeguarding was shown to be a real strength and is crucial to the work we do."

Donna Kershaw, Highgrove Nursery Manager added, “We couldn’t be more proud of achieving this outstanding report from Ofsted and I would like to thank all our Nursery families and staff for their wonderful support on the day and always.”

Families are able to start at Highgrove at any time during the year, subject to availability. Early registration for your child is strongly advised.

For further information please contact Highgrove Nursery, Trull Road, Taunton TA1 4QS | 01823 272559 |


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