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Oct 19, 2016

Polly's named in top 1% of Early Years Settings


Recently published analysis of Ofsted inspection results shows that our two nurseries are two of only five childcare settings in Gloucestershire that have managed to get an 'outstanding' rating in each of their three most recent Ofsted inspections (Source: Gloucestershire Live).

Nationally, we have been named as two of only 199 (out of 20,940) early years settings in England to have achieved an 'outstanding' rating three times in a row.

Apparently, this puts us in the top 1% of childcare settings in the country.

According to this analysis, just like King Louie, the 'Jungle VIP' in the famous Jungle Book song ('I Wanna Be Like You') we have 'reached the top'!

Unlike King Louie though, we don't have to stop.  We don't want to stop. And, thanks to a deeply engrained habit of relentlessly seeking to improve our performance, we... can't stop!

So, right now for example, we are busy conducting annual appraisals at our nurseries and hatching plans to improve our performance in order to deliver even better care and teaching for the children we care for.

Both of our nursery teams are aiming for their fourth (possibly record-breaking?) successive Ofsted 'outstanding' rating.

It is an ambitious target for sure and I can promise you that if we are not successful it won't be due to complacency or a lack of effort.

But this is for the future. Right now, Anna and I would like to thank all of our amazingly talented and hard working Polly's team members - past and present - who have contributed to this wonderful achievement: you really are VIPs.

 

 

Oct 19, 2016
Recently published analysis of Ofsted inspection results shows that our nurseries are two of only five early years settings in Gloucestershire to be awarded an 'outstanding' inspection judgement in each of their three most recent inspections...
Mar 10, 2016
Meal times in early years settings shouldn't simply be about 'feeding and watering' children. They should be considered as a time for learning and development. The best early years settings treat mealtimes as opportunities for adults to support children's quest for independence, as chances to cultivate children's ability to 'think' and 'do' and, of course, to learn how good it feels when we help each other.
Feb 6, 2015
The wheels on the (mini)bus will be going 'round and round' early tomorrow morning as a group of fourteeen members of the Polly's team head up to London to attend seminars at the Nursery World Show 2015...
Feb 5, 2015
This is a fabulous opportunity to join a friendly, supportive and successful nursery team and work towards a nationally recognised Level 2 or Level 3 childcare qualification.
Feb 18, 2014

It's half-term, so I took the day off work today and 'treated' my three children to... a day of sponsored litter picking in aid of CLIC.

Mar 4, 2013
There has been plenty of coverage in the media recently about proposals to allow nurseries and childminders in England to raise ratios but is this a good idea..?
Jan 24, 2013
Good morning!  We are happy to inform you that both nurseries are open from 8am this morning. We have cleared and salted the nursery parking areas, but with such very low temperatures, please exercise caution when you arrive/depart.  Unless we get any more snow today we anticipate a normal closing time of 6pm. Please arrive in good time to collect your children so that our nursery nurses can also leave on time. Thank you!
Jan 23, 2013
Good morning everyone.  We are happy to let you know that Polly's at Inchbrook will open at 8am today. Unfortunately, we had a lot of snow overnight at Brownshill and therefore Polly's at Brownshill will open at 10am.  This will give us time for staff to get in and for us to clear the snow from nursery paths and parking areas. It is currently snowing in both locations so we will need to monitor the situation and decide whether we need to close earlier today so that children and staff can get home safely.
Jan 22, 2013
Both nurseries are open from 8am today.  We've had a sprinkling of snow overnight, so please exercise caution on approach roads and parking areas.  Unless we have any further snow today we plan to remain open until 6pm.  If it does snow today, please contact the nursery or check back here for an update.
Jan 21, 2013
Both nurseries are open from 8am today and, unless the weather changes and more snow arrives, we will work to our normal closing time of 6pm.
Jan 18, 2013
Both nurseries are open but will close at 1pm today.
Jun 15, 2012

Thank you to everyone who entered our competition to win a pair of tickets to see Madness in concert at Westonbirt Arboretum later this month. We have just drawn the winning entry and can tell you that the lucky winner is...


May 10, 2012
Schools, nurseries attached to schools and childminders receive prior notice that Ofsted will be coming to inspect them.  Meanwhile, playgroups and private nurseries receive no notice of inspection.  In this blog we question whether an inspection approach that gives notice to some but not to others is fair...
Mar 21, 2012
High quality play and first-hand experiences lead children to the richest and most enjoyable discovery and learning and so these are what we want for our children.  However, a potential problem for us as early years practitioners is that few high quality play and first-hand experiences result in a tangible 'end product' (a painting etc) that parents can see and easily appreciate.
Feb 28, 2012

This is our first ever blog and we're using it to let you know what happened when Ofsted came to visit us recently!