Nursery passes inspection with flying colours

24th July 2008 – for immediate release

Aston University’s nursery has recently passed its Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education) Inspection with flying colours. It achieved the second highest category available on all of the criteria.

The nursery was marked on a four point scale and the nursery received the mark ‘Good’ on all of the benchmarks.

The purpose of this inspection is to assure government, parents and the public of the quality of childcare and, if applicable, of nursery education. The report judges the nursery on issues such as helping children to be healthy, protecting children from harm or neglect and helping them stay safe, helping children achieve well and enjoy what they do and helping children make a positive contribution and the organisation of the nursery.

The nursery is registered to accept Nursery Grant and so is inspected as necessary by Ofsted to ensure the curriculum is suitable. Copies of the latest inspection report are available in the nursery information pack or upon request or available on the Ofsted website:www.ofsted.gov.uk.

There are currently 67 children aged from six weeks to five years on roll. Of these, 11 children receive funding for nursery education. Children come from a wide catchment area as most parents travel to the area to attend the University. The nursery currently offers support to children with learning difficulties and/or disabilities and those who speak English as an additional language.

Aston University Nursery is also running a holiday scheme from 21st July – 29th August. Hot lunch and dessert is provided along with a range of refreshments throughout the day. Part-time and full-time spaces are available for children aged four and a half to eleven years. There is a daily rate at �28 or a weekly rate at �130. If you would like to take up this great summer offer then contact Kay Fraites or Claire Thornhill on 0121 503 8536 or email k.fraites@aston.ac.uk.

One parent who uses the Aston University Nursery said “my daughter has attended Aston University Nursery for two and a half years and I would not send her anywhere else. The staff are first class and I’m not looking forward to when she has to leave for school.” A child who attends the nursery commented, “I like my friends and I like learning”.



Children at the nursery enjoying their ‘graduation ceremony’ in July 2008


For more press information please contact Lianne Robinson at Aston University Press Office on 0121 204 4547.

For more information regarding Aston University Nursery please contact Kay Fraites on 0121 503 8536.

Note to editors

The new Ofsted –�the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills–came into being on 1 April 2007. It brings together the wide experience of four formerly separate inspectorates. It will inspect and regulate care for children and young people, and inspect education and training for learners of all ages.

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