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Ditton Lodge Community Nursery in Newmarket told to improve by Ofsted

A Newmarket community nursery has been told by a government inspector that it needs to improve.

Ditton Lodge community nursery has seen its Ofsted rating fall from outstanding three years ago to requiring improvement following its latest inspection on July 1.

The St John’s Avenue nursery, which caters for 49 children aged between two and four, is run by a voluntary management committee.

Ditton Lodge Community Nursery. Picture: Google (14778863)
Ditton Lodge Community Nursery. Picture: Google (14778863)

Inspector Kate Oakley raised concerns about the effectiveness of the leadership and management of the nursery which had resulted in new committee members playing an active role in the running of the nursery before their suitability checks had been completed.

It was given until Monday, July 22, to ensure changes were made to meet the requirements of the early years foundation stage and Childcare Register.

However the inspector said the quality of teaching, learning and assessment at the nursery was good. “The management team reviews activity plans and children’s engagement to help identify ways to adapt and improve the provision,” she said.

And the report said parents had praised the variety of activities offered and the amount of time the children spent outdoors. They said they felt well informed about their child’s achievements and that staff were both approachable and friendly.

The inspector praised the children’s behaviour and said they made good progress developing the key skills they needed to support their future learning. “They are articulate and sociable,” she said, “and confidently engage with adults and activities on offer.”