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WE ARE SIMPLY THE BEST…
In August we featured in the Saddleworth Independent, you can read a copy of the article below.
Saddleworth Stars are simply the best!
A Saddleworth nursery is living up to its aim of providing the best for its children as it has been rated outstanding by Ofsted again.
Saddleworth Stars nursery, at Scouthead, was deemed to be outstanding in all areas in its inspection in July.
“Your child deserves the best. We provide it” the nursery says of its care for children aged three months to five years old – which was confirmed by the glowing report following the Ofsted inspector’s visit.
It rates them outstanding for effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, personal development, behaviour and welfare, and outcomes for children.
The report says: “The manager, together with exceptional support from the providers and staff team, works tirelessly to develop and maintain a first-rate service for all children and families. The manager actively engages in developing highly effective improvement plans to help maintain the excellent quality of teaching and learning outcomes for all children.
Staff provide children with wonderful opportunities to explore the world around them. Children enjoy an extensive range of activities and experiences.
Children flourish in this highly stimulating environment. They are extremely happy, settle quickly and form extremely strong attachments to their key person and staff.
Partnerships with parents are superb. Parents are provided with a wealth of information about children’s learning and development and the progress they make. They are exceptionally well supported to help support children’s learning at home.”
The nursery, which was opened five years ago, was also rated outstanding following its inspection in 2016.
Nursery manager Kim Ratcliffe has more than 19 years’ experience and every member of the team is passionate and experienced in Early Years education.
Owners Raf and Tory Fernandez said: “We enjoyed an opportunity to show inspectors our amazing nursery. Once again they were hugely impressed and awarded us the highest status possible. It is quite easily the best report I have ever seen for a nursery.
We thank all our wonderful staff, our parents and children – the reason we all do what we do. Each and every one of you is a bright shining STAR!”
To read the full report please go online and visit reports.ofsted.gov.uk.
LET THE REFURB COMMENCE…
Here at Saddleworth Stars we are delighted to announce the second part of our nursery refurbishment. Earlier in the year we had the building completely refurbished inside and outside including the opening of our brand new nursery garden. Designed and built by Raf (Nursery Director).
We now move onto each individual room with new equipment and bespoke handmade furniture. We are half way through this complete refurbishment with lots more exciting things planned for 2019!
SADDLEWORTH NURSERY IS A GREATER MANCHESTER ORAL HEALTH NURSERY
We are thrilled to have been picked to represent nurseries across Greater Manchester to promote Oral Health.
We have been brushing children’s teeth for over two years and are delighted to have been recognised as a lead nursery heading up this fantastic project.
Along with this Saddleworth Stars has received the “Healthy Eating” award due to its extensive menu cooked and prepared by our very own chef. We have also been given 5 stars in the kitchen.
SADDLEWORTH NURSERY IS OFFICIALLY THE BEST NURSERY IN THE WORLD
SADDLEWORTH STARS NURSERY TAKES TOP PRIZE AT INTERNATIONAL AWARDS CEREMONY
PRESENTED BY TV’S JOHNNY BALL
Children, staff and parents at Saddleworth Stars Nursery in Scouthead, Oldham have been celebrating this week after cleaning up at the recent NDNA awards presented by TV’s Johnny Ball.
The National Day Nurseries Association judges decision was unanimous at the Nursery Of The Year awards last week. During the awards ceremony Saddleworth Stars nursery in Scouthead, Oldham beat hundreds of nurseries from the North of the UK before going on to conquer the ‘best of the best’ nurseries from around the world to win the coveted ‘Overall Nursery Of The Year 2017’.
Thousands of day nurseries from all over the UK and overseas are members of the National Day Nursery Association. The competition process for Nursery Of The Year started months ago based on votes from parents, along with comments and compliments regarding their experience at nursery and how well they feel their children are cared for. After being shortlisted as a finalist the NDNA then sent an inspector to join the nursery for a day and watch the team at work before providing a detailed report of their findings to the international judging panel. Tough competition from childcare settings in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, England, Scotland, Wales and other areas proved no match for the outstanding Saddleworth Stars as all the judges agreed that the Stars really shine brighter in Saddleworth. Other nurseries in the Saddleworth area have tried to win the coveted award in the past but failed to get enough votes to be shortlisted. This makes the award even more special as it is the first time that Saddleworth Stars have been entered in the competition.
Nursery manager Kim Ratcliffe moved to Oldham and joined Saddleworth Stars in 2016 after hearing about the high level of care at the industry-leading nursery. “I am so proud to be part of the Saddleworth Stars family” said Kim, “When I first met owners Tory and Rafael Fernandez I realised that their vision for childcare made Saddleworth Stars a truly special place where the children would always come first. Every child in our care is respected as an individual and our lives are dedicated to making each day at the nursery fun, safe, exciting and full of happiness.”
Owner Tory Fernandez said “Winning this award has been an overwhelmingly emotional time for us. We have all cried tears of joy – even my husband! We try our best every day to make our nursery a place of joy and happiness for the children so to be recognised by NDNA is amazing. The NDNA judges were unanimous in their decision but we still feel that our true judges are the children at Saddleworth Stars each day. If they’re happy then we’re happy too!”
This is the latest award for Saddleworth Stars in a recent string of high profile achievements. The nursery on Huddersfield Road in Scouthead has also been recognised by Inclusion Quality Mark and given the IQM award for their inclusive care- this award was then raised to the level of ‘Centre Of Excellence’ to properly acknowledge their standards. Just a few weeks ago an Ofsted inspector classed the nursery as ‘Outstanding in ALL areas’. Saddleworth Stars is also the only nursery in the area to be awarded ‘Millie’s Mark’ which recognises that all staff members are properly trained in paediatric first aid. The Ofsted inspector stated that “The management team is visionary. The staff team works extremely closely and share the same aspirations in their pursuit of excellence. Staff are excellent role models for children and provide the highest levels of care”.
The Overall Nursery Of The Year Award was presented in a ceremony at Old Trafford by TV’s Johnny Ball who said “Saddleworth Stars impressed judges with it’s focus on each child’s individuality, strong links with the wider community, parent partnerships, attitude towards diversity, imaginative story-scribing and magical garden area.”
An NDNA spokesperson said “Saddleworth Stars is a place of happiness and enjoyment for all with lots and lots of laughter”.
SADDLEWORTH NURSERY THE FIRST & ONLY CHILDCARE SETTING IN THE U.K. TO RECEIVE ALL 3 PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS
Children and staff at Saddleworth Stars Nursery in Scouthead, Oldham have been celebrating this week after receiving the Millie’s Mark award in recognition of the high quality and skills of their childcare practitioners.
The Millie’s Mark award is given only to those childcare settings that can prove they exceed the national requirements for paediatric first aid and care for children. Nursery manager Kim Ratcliffe moved to Oldham and joined Saddleworth Stars in 2016 after hearing about the high level of care at the industry-leading nursery. “I am so proud to be part of the Saddleworth Stars family” said Kim, “When I first met owners Tory and Rafael Fernandez I realised that their vision for childcare made Saddleworth Stars a truly special place where the children would always come first. Every child in our care is respected as an individual and our lives are dedicated to making each day at the nursery fun, safe, exciting and full of happiness.”
Owner Tory Fernandez said “The national standard in childcare settings has for too long only required that one person on site be qualified in paediatric first aid. This means that in many nurseries the person looking after a child may not have the knowledge to help them in a medical situation. Since we started Saddleworth Stars Nursery 3 years ago we have always ensured that every single member of staff receives full training so that all the children are always with a qualified person. Mille’s Mark is an award given to nurseries that can prove this level of care.”
This is the latest award for Saddleworth Stars in a recent string of high profile achievements. The nursery on Huddersfield Road in Scouthead has also been recognised by Inclusion Quality Mark and given the IQM award for their inclusive care- this award was then raised to the level of ‘Centre Of Excellence’ to properly acknowledge their standards. In November an Ofsted inspector classed the nursery as ‘Outstanding in ALL areas’.
The Ofsted inspector said “The management team is visionary. The staff team works extremely closely and share the same aspirations in their pursuit of excellence. Staff are excellent role models for children and provide the highest levels of care”.
We have introduced our very own Forest Fun sessions on a Monday. Incorporating Forest Schooling into our Nursery is on our development plan this is the first step.
‘A Forest fun session is an innovative educational approach to outdoor play and learning.’
Our philosophy of Forest Fun is to encourage and inspire our children through positive outdoor experiences. By participating in engaging, motivating and achievable tasks and activities in a woodland environment each child has an opportunity to develop intrinsic motivation, sound emotional and social skills. These, through self awareness can be developed to reach personal potential.
So Forest Fun will aim to develop:
- Self Awareness
- Self Regulation
- Intrinsic motivation
- Good social communication skills
- A positive mental attitude, self-esteem and confidence