It doesn’t get better than this for nursery

Top of the pile ... Staff and chuildren from Yorley Barn Nursery celebrate their outstanding Ofsted report.
Top of the pile ... Staff and chuildren from Yorley Barn Nursery celebrate their outstanding Ofsted report.

STAFF and children at Yorley Barn Nursery School in Little Cornard have been given a massive thumbs up from Ofsted.

In the two-and-a-half years since the nursery’s first Ofsted report, which was rated good with six areas of outstanding, inspectors have awarded the nursery the highest accolade possible, with all 17 areas of learning rated outstanding.

Nursery owner Donna Row praised the hard work and dedication of her team, saying she was “elated”

“As a nursery, we do not get any warning that the Ofsted inspector is coming so when they do turn up they really do see a typical day with no special preparation, which makes this outstanding report very special to us,” she said.

“We are all absolutely delighted and I am extremely proud of my staff who are so dedicated and work brilliantly as a team.”

The nursery’s unique rural position next to Yorley Farm means the children spend a lot of time outdoors, while Donna has adopted the ethos of the Forest Schools programme which sees the youngsters exploring their nearby private wood.

Former Suffolk County Council employees Jackie Griggs and Sujane Milne are now getting involved in this aspect of Yorley Barn through their Daisy Chain Consultancy, which offers early years support and advice.

Jackie is taking a Level 3 Forest Schools qualification and the pair hope to branch out to offer the unique experience to other parents and children.

In the Ofsted report, inspectors complimented the children’s “exemplary” behaviour and the effectiveness of the nursery’s leadership, as well as rating others things such as healthy eating, children’s progress and contact with parents as outstanding.

Looking ahead, the children are planning a dinosaur habitat outside and the staff are looking forward to welcoming other children to the October half-term holiday club.