The nursery was rated ‘outstanding’ in 2016 by Ofsted inspectors who praised the passion and commitment of staff and the support available for children. The inspection report said: Staff have an excellent understanding of all children and their individual interests and learning needs.
Planning, observation and assessment systems are sharply focused. Staff have high expectations of children and provide them with a rich variety of challenging learning experiences. This helps children to be well motivated, confident, independent and actively engaged.
Denise is evangelical in her praise of Special iApps. She says: When we looked at the educational software available for our children with special educational needs none of it was really suitable. Then I discovered Special Words and it was an absolute revelation. The interface was clear and straightforward with no distractions and the activities weren’t too difficult. Children could progress at a pace which suited them and pick the activities they wanted to do without having to do stages they weren’t interested in first.
Most of all we found that all the children who used Special Words just found it enjoyable and, because they liked it so such, motivation was never a problem.