EYFS & Ofsted

High standards of care, education and child development

The Early Years Foundation Stage

At Tommies, our staff follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a set of government structured standards. They set out the standards and measure against education institutions that provide learning, development, and care of children from birth to five years old – so that’s childminders, nurseries, preschools, and school reception classes.

Our staff use it to support how and what your child will be learning in order for them to develop. Children will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through seven areas of learning and development.

All of our staff members are committed to teaching and supporting children by making sure that activities are suited to their unique needs and interests.

We actively encourage children’s progress and document their learning by completing regular observations, which are used to plan activities around individual children’s interests.

These observations are all recorded in children’s learning journals which are available to view at any time. Parents are encouraged to contribute to all aspects of their child’s learning whilst at the nursery. Good relationships between our staff and you and your family can only benefit us all.

For more information about EYFS please read our blog.

What is Ofsted?

Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They’re not just there to carry out school inspections. They also regulate and inspect all early years settings, including nurseries, pre-schools, and out of school clubs.

When Ofsted visit an early years setting they carry out a thorough inspection to determine:

  • How well the early years provision meets the needs of the range of children who attend
  • The contribution of early years provision to the wellbeing of children
  • The effectiveness of the leadership and management of the early years provision
  • Whether the setting meets legal requirements for early years.

At the end of an inspection the provision is graded one of the following:

  • Outstanding (Grade 1)
  • Good (Grade 2)
  • Requires Improvement (Grade 3) or
  • Inadequate (Grade 4).

At Tommies we’re proud of our positive reports while still focusing on continual improvement.

Tommies nursery Ofsted reports are available to view here:

Ofsted Report
Ofsted Report

“Staff understand how young children learn and have high expectations of their abilities. They provide a range of exciting and suitably challenging activities to promote children's next steps in learning and support their good progress.”

Ofsted Report
Ofsted Report

“Effective settling-in procedures support children to feel secure as they begin at the nursery. Staff carefully observe children during their settling-in sessions, enabling them to form a natural bond with a member of staff who is then assigned to be their key person.”

Ofsted Report
Ofsted Report

“Staff use what they know about children to challenge them effectively in their learning. Children make good progress. Staff observe and assess children's progress and planning for future learning is based on a good knowledge of each child's stage of development.”

Ofsted Report
Ofsted Report

“Staff greet children warmly each day. Good relationships have formed between staff, children and their parents. Clear information is gathered from parents about their child, enabling staff to effectively meet individual care and learning needs.”

Ofsted Report
Ofsted Report

As this nursery was acquired by Tommies Childcare in September 2021, it has not yet been inspected by Ofsted. Please follow the link below to view the Ofsted report which was completed in 2017 when the nursery was under previous ownership.

Ofsted Report
Ofsted Report

“Staff gather information to establish clear starting points for children's learning. They measure individual progress accurately and plan effective next steps for learning. Staff involve parents in supporting their children's learning at home and provide them with useful information about their progress.”

Ofsted Report
Ofsted Report

You can read the June 2021 Ofsted Report for Thornhill Day Nursery below.

Ofsted Report
Ofsted Report

“Staff meet regularly as a staff team. They value time to share best practice and look at their own professional development. Clear procedures are in place to ensure that staff remain fully informed of the nursery's policies and procedures which reflect the nursery's ethos of care.”

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