A WITHAM nursery which was rated ‘inadequate’ by a government watchdog has now bounced back.

The Little Hands Pre-School Nursery, in Dengie Close, Witham, was given the lowest ranking available by an Ofsted inspector following an inspection in September last year.

It was given the grading because of its personal development, leadership, and management sectors that were examined, and an inspector said there was a “weaknesses in staff’s knowledge of child protection”.

However, the nursery has now vastly improved and received a ‘good’ rating following an inspection in February.

Braintree and Witham Times: Play area - The Little Hands Pre-School Nursery's gardenPlay area - The Little Hands Pre-School Nursery's garden (Image: Little Hands Pre-School Nursery)

All previously 'inadequate' areas have now been rated ‘good’.

Inspector Lyndsey Barwick said in the report: “All children receive a good quality of education.

“Key persons establish positive relationships with the whole family and get to know the children well.

“Staff plan appropriate next steps in learning that build on what children already know and can do, they use their interactions to support children to achieve.”

The report says the nursery’s leaders and staff have “worked hard since the last inspection” and have implemented the required changes.

Since the inadequate grading, staff have been supported with training and meetings.

Braintree and Witham Times: Playtime - an illustrative image of a child playing with building blocksPlaytime - an illustrative image of a child playing with building blocks (Image: Pixabay)


Little Hands Pre-School Nursery manager Maria Heales said: "We are really happy with the results of our current Ofsted inspection report, with the hard work and consistency of our team, and the ongoing training by all our staff.

"We are totally focused in maintaining our 'good' Ofsted rating."

The nursery leaders are now better aware of their responsibilities regarding data protection requirements.

Many “positive changes” have been made to how the staff promote children’s communication and language skills.

Braintree and Witham Times: Hats - some of the entries for the nursery's Easter Bonnet ParadeHats - some of the entries for the nursery's Easter Bonnet Parade (Image: Little Hands Pre-School Nursery)

The report said: “Staff provide a narrative as children play and introduce new words and explain their meaning.

“Staff provide information and use explanations to develop children's understanding of different concepts.”