Hebburn's Noah's Ark Nursery celebrates positive first Ofsted report after opening in 2020

A South Tyneside nursery has received a glowing report from inspectors, getting a ‘Good’ rating in its first Ofsted inspection since opening two years ago.

Noah’s Ark Nursery, in Hebburn, opened its doors in July 2020 as has been described by inspectors as somewhere “children are very happy in this friendly and caring nursery.”

The nursery was praised on how children are taught safety and self-awareness, with staff encouraging children to use appropriate tools and look for danger themselves.

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In addition, the children are taught how to keep themselves healthy, with healthy eating, fresh air and exercise, as well as dental hygiene.

Children and staff at Noah's Ark Nursery are thrilled at getting a glowing Ofsted report from inspectors.

Lead Inspector, Elizabeth Fish, said: “Staff working with babies support them well. They use simple language and are very attentive to their needs. For example, staff respond quickly when a child is tired. They plan stimulating activities to engage children.

"Babies are fascinated as they explore water on a tray. They beam in delight as they splash in it and mix it.”

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The report, which can be view online, says inspectors were particularly impressed with the provision for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities which is led by the nursery’s new SENDCO, Becca Turner.

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Nicola George, Owner of Noah’s Ark Nursery, with Amy Borril, Nursery Manager.

They made only a few ‘small recommendations’ on how it could achieve an ‘Outstanding’ rating in the future.

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Ms Fish added: “Staff know the children well. They are alert to children's individual needs and respond quickly to any signs that children may be getting uneasy or want to do something else.

"Staff work incredibly well with other professionals. The Special Educational Needs Coordinator goes above and beyond to support children.”

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Nicola George, owner of Noah’s Ark Nursery said: “I am so happy to see that our hard work is paying off. Opening a new nursery setting during a pandemic brought unique challenges, but I’m really pleased to read that the children and their parents are happy at Noah’s Ark.

“Our staff work so hard to provide the best care for the children and to help them on their individual learning journeys. I am so proud of how they have flourished, despite ever-changing rules and guidelines over the past two years.”