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Cedar House Nursery Rated “Outstanding” by Ofsted

Many parents have discovered Cedar House Day Nursery and realised what a fantastic environment for children it is, but now Ofsted have confirmed how wonderful it is by awarding OUTSTANDING in all areas.

Cedar House Day Nursery opened in September 2013: a 40 place day nursery for children from 0-5 housed in a beautiful building in an amazing woodland location in Ransom Wood Business Park.  Ofsted carry out a registration visit prior to opening a new setting and then will carry out a full inspection within the first 7 months of opening.  Everyone knows how tough Ofsted inspections are these days and many settings have been downgraded in recent inspections.  Ofsted actually say in their guidance that it is unlikely that a new setting will get outstanding: they state, It is unlikely that providers will be able to demonstrate rigorous self-evaluation, a sustained capacity for improvement or the progress children make over time at a post-registration inspection, and this will have an impact on the grades awarded. Unless the provision has had to re-register because of a change in its legal status, it is most unlikely that the provision will achieve an inspection grade of outstanding. Ofsted (2013) Conducting Early Years Inspections (page 25, para 93) Ofsted came to visit Cedar House Day Nursery on Monday 10 February 2014 and the inspection report was published on Friday 7 March. The nursery was graded  OUTSTANDING in all areas and the glowing report is testament to all the hard work and commitment  of  Steve, Christine, Michelle and the staff team.

The report is fabulous to read, but here are just a few highlights:

  • Staff have an excellent understanding of the educational programmes and how young children learn. This means they provide a rich, stimulating and extensive range of resources and activities to support and challenge all children’s learning.
  • Through accurate and precise observation, assessment and excellent communication with parents, staff work well with parents to meet individual children’s learning and care needs.
    • Staff form secure emotional attachments with children. Through high levels of engagement with staff and effective key person systems, children are extremely settled in the setting.
    • The designated outdoor learning environment provides an exceptionally inspiring natural learning environment where children are highly motivated and fully engaged in their play and learning.
  • Leadership is excellent and through successful and robust monitoring and evaluation processes, staff maintain high levels of achievement across all areas. High quality performance management means that a well-qualified workforce is working with the children.
    • Babies enjoy loving attention from highly skilled staff. Older children are sensitively introduced to early reading and writing as they develop their phonic skills through fun activities.

If you’d like to read the full report, please follow this link: http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/CARE/EY466733

It has been a reahttp://www.ransomwood.co.uk/l success story from the outset. Towards the end of 2012, the Cannon family who own Ransomwood Estates invited Steve and Christine Doubtfire, owners of Smarties Day Nursery in Mansfield to discuss the possibility of setting up a day nursery within the grounds of their magnificent 70 acre woodland estate. Smarties Day Nursery, awarded Outstanding by Ofsted in November 2011 is a popular oversubscribed nursery and Steve and Christine were looking for an opportunity to expand their business. When Steve and Christine looked round Cedar House they knew they could create a welcoming, homely environment in this beautiful building. Plans were developed and then Steve and Christine worked with the Ransomwood Estates team to refurbish the building to a very high specification.

They also created an amazing woodland play area for children with a covered canopy so that children can enjoy outside play in all weathers, a wigwam village, a fairy glen, a construction zone, a nature trail and a timber climbing frame. Aiming to be an outstanding setting from the outset, Steve and Christine recruited an excellent staff team. Led by Michelle Edge, the nursery manager, the staff have proved themselves to be a dedicated, well qualified team of caring professionals who share a commitment to the provision of excellent learning and development opportunities for children. “Steve and I are so proud of Michelle and our amazing team of staff who are doing such a fantastic job. It’s great to see their achievements being recognised in this way.” said Director, Christine Doubtfire. If you would like to know any more about Cedar House Day Nursery or would like to come and visit us to see what makes us so special, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Christine Doubtfire / Michelle Edge


01623 627035

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