Apple Tree Day Nursery in Larkhall, Bath has been awarded a Good rating from the Government’s school inspectors, with its report praising the provider and staff for ‘showing commitment to ensuring good quality outcomes for children’.

The report commented that the staff ‘plan effectively to provide challenging activities that encourage children’s learning well. For example, responding to children’s interests in animals, staff organised activities that encouraged them to identify their habitat, discuss their diets and compare their different footprints. Staff extended this further with a story about an insect which encouraged children to choose to have a ‘bug hunt’. Staff provide equally good learning experiences indoors and outdoors. For example, they provide a variety of portable equipment for mark making and writing, and cosy spaces for children to read or spend time quietly with friends.’

On the subject of personal development and and behaviour, the report added, ‘Children learn to respect differences and diversity well,’ and ‘Children behave well. They learn about a healthy diet, such as when they help to prepare meals and snacks. For example, they regularly make bread and help to prepare vegetables for home-made soup.’

Commenting on the report, Nursery Manager Rhianna Davies, Nursery Manager, said, “The nurturing and bright future of all the children remains at the heart of our care at Apple Tree Day Nursery. With such high standards required in all aspects of childcare, we are delighted that our due diligence and commitment has been recognised by Ofsted ffficials.”