Oak Tree Nursery in Ilfracombe achieves Outstanding Ofsted rating

The children and staff at Oak Tree Nursery in Ilfracombe are celebrating after being awarded an Outstanding rating by Ofsted.

The Ofsted report praised the new manager and deputy for providing inspirational role models for staff, stating: “They have a highly successful drive to keep developing their practice and know precisely where staff excel to ensure excellent outcomes for children. Teaching is highly effective and the staff work together extremely well through exemplary relationships. Staff provide outstanding support for children’s independence. Children develop outstanding skills that prepare them exceptionally well for their next stage of learning and school.”

The inspector said that she had a wonderful day whilst visiting the setting, commenting on how well the key person procedure is embedded through practice and that, as a result, practitioners know their key children and families really well, and have a fantastic knowledge of all children. This was reiterated though feedback from parents and carers.

Manager Stella Freebody said: “Oak Tree Nursery is delighted to have been awarded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted – the team have worked passionately to ensure our provision is the absolute best it can be and I feel that this judgement, following shortly after the Day Nurseries Award, reflects the day to day life in our Oak Tree community and provides an outstanding starting point for the young people of the Ifracombe community as a whole.”

Deputy Francy Broxholme: “I am exceptionally proud of the team and all the hard work and determination we have all shown that has enabled this outstanding achievement. We work incredibly hard to support all the children to ensure they can achieve their best possible outcomes.”

Oak Tree Nursery is offered full daycare to children aged 3 months to 5 years. The nursery runs from 8am until 6pm and is located on Malborough Road, Ilfracombe Parents interested in visiting the nursery/school should contact Stella on 01271865334 or through the setting’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/OakTreeNurseryIlfracombe/), or email stella.freebody@pre-school.org.uk