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Yorley Barn Nursery in Little Cornard celebrates hat-trick of Outstanding ratings from Ofsted after staff step up to Covid challenges



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A nursery school is celebrating a hat-trick of top ratings from the UK’s national education regulator, crediting the work of its staff and the support of families.

For the third time since its opening in January 2009, Yorley Barn Nursery in Little Cornard was graded as outstanding in all categories by Ofsted – the government inspector – following an inspection in March.

The report praised staff for building on children’s knowledge and interests with an “ambitious curriculum”, stating that the youngsters “make excellent progress and develop the key skills needed to be ready for school”.

Yorley Barn Nursery School, Upper Road, Little Cornard, Suffolk. Yorley Barn Nursery has received an Outstanding rating from Ofsted. Picture by Mark Westley. (56462518)
Yorley Barn Nursery School, Upper Road, Little Cornard, Suffolk. Yorley Barn Nursery has received an Outstanding rating from Ofsted. Picture by Mark Westley. (56462518)

Ofsted inspector Diane Middleton wrote: “There is a buzz of excitement heard from the children as they enter this highly stimulating and nurturing nursery.

“Staff use their excellent teaching skills to ignite children’s curiosity and motivate them to be independent learners.”

In response, Yorley Barn nursery director and founder Donna Page said the team was overwhelmed, not only by the rating, but also the recognition for the effort and dedication put into ensuring the best outcomes for the children.

She told the Suffolk News that the coronavirus pandemic had “turned all of our lives upside down” and brought many challenges to running the nursery, but the staff had all “stepped up and made it work”.

“This is only made possible by our highly-qualified, skilled and enthusiastic team of early years educators, including our outside teachers who attend regularly to offer sport and dance, but equally with the support or our wonderful families,” she said.

“My team worked incredibly hard during the pandemic supporting our children, their families and each other and have continued to work hard, ensuring each and every child hasn’t fallen below expectations in their early years education.

“Gaining this third outstanding award, just weeks out of Covid-19, and under a new inspection framework introduced during the pandemic, left us feeling absolutely elated and means everything to myself and my amazing team.

“It also confirms that 13 years of hard work, whether there’s a pandemic or not, proves that dedication and loyalty leads to continued success.”