Padiham nursery rated as ‘outstanding’

Whitegate children's centre staff and children celebrating their outstanding Ofsted report.
Whitegate children's centre staff and children celebrating their outstanding Ofsted report.

Whitegate Nursery School and Children’s Centre is celebrating after its Early Years Care Department was marked outstanding by Ofsted.

The Victoria Road centre in Padiham underwent a no-notice inspection last month where inspectors turn up on the morning.

The inspectors just turned up on the morning of the inspection and it meant they saw it how it is, how we are every day with the children, and that is a good thing

Headteacher Kay Burke

And they passed with flying colours as they were marked outstanding in each area – how well the early years provision meets the needs of the range of children who attend; the contribution of the early years provision to the well-being of children and the effectiveness of the leadership and management of the early years provision.

“We are delighted to have maintained our ‘outstanding’ grade for our Early Years Care Department,” said headteacher Kay Burke, with the Children’s Centre and the Nursery already marked outstanding by Ofsted in separate inspections.

“The inspectors just turned up on the morning of the inspection and it meant they saw it how it is, how we are every day with the children, and that is a good thing.

“The Ofsted inspections have got more rigorous and we were told that a lot of centres which had been ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ previously had gone down a grade.

“We were nervous but confident as we have kept moving forward and the report shows this. It’s a credit to everyone involved that we have got another ‘outstanding’ Ofsted.”

Ofsted praised Whitegate for such aspects as the inspirational leadership, the highly-motivated staff, the fact the children settle in quickly due to the close bonds with their main carer and the outstanding quality of teaching.