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Top of the Class: Toby Perkins MP presents Families First Children’s Nursery with ‘outstanding’ OFSTED certificate

Top of the Class: Toby Perkins MP presents Families First Children’s Nursery with ‘outstanding’ OFSTED certificate

Delighted staff, children and parents have celebrated the news that Families First Children’s Nursery, based at the Birdholme Children’s Centre in Hunloke has been awarded an ‘outstanding’ status by OFSTED. Toby Perkins, Labour Member of Parliament for Chesterfield and Shadow Education Minister, presented Lisa Kelly, the Nursery Manager, with the certificate in the state-of-the-art facilities which have contributed to the success of the organization.

The Families First Nursery was formed with investment from the former Labour Government, and its latest achievement reflects the fantastic service it has provided over a number of years. Serving an area with significant deprivation, the nursery has overseen a dramatic improvement in Early Years Education across Derbyshire and the UK generally. The Church Street South based outfit is the only nursery of its kind, however, to achieve the OFSTED ‘outstanding’ accreditation.

As a former director of the co-operative and Borough Councillor for Rother Ward, the area in which the Families First nursery predominantly serves, Toby Perkins MP said:-

“I am delighted for the Families First Nursery which, through the hard work of the staff, has been recognized by OFSTED. This achievement shows the way in which investment in Early Years education can really make a difference to the lives of children right from day one. I am aware of the ongoing negotiations with Derbyshire County Council regarding the lease of the Birdholme Children’s Centre facility, and I hope that after such a fantastic achievement the Council will fully appreciate the educational service this nursery provides for the local area. Lisa and the team should be very proud of what they have done so far, and I know through meeting with her and her colleagues today they are keen to continue to provide top class nursery care to babies and children from right across south and west Chesterfield”.

In her report, Ofsted Inspector Karen Byfleet commented:

“Staff highly value and recognize the uniqueness of each child that attends the nursery and children are making excellent progress in their learning and development. Children are happy and settled within a very well organised and welcoming environment.”

“Staff are enthusiastic and motivated and they fully interact with all the children, making learning fun and challenging for all ages. Staff are attentive, warm and caring towards the children.”

The management was also praised for their clear vision for developing the Nursery Further “Management and staff constantly evaluate the provision and there is a very clear vision to move the setting forward and maintain exceptional continuous improvements.”

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