Nursery turns its fortunes around

July 28 2022


A NURSERY in Emersons Green that was rated 'inadequate' by inspectors has made “significant improvements”.

Ofsted made an unannounced inspection of Busy Bees Day Nursery in St Lukes Close, last November after it "received concerns" the nursery was not meeting some legal requirements.

Its report, published in January, found children were at “significant risk of harm”, and the regulator served a notice requiring the nursery to improve in nine areas, covering safeguarding, child protection, staff qualifications and training, improving the delivery of the curriculum and sharing of information with parents.

Following a reinspection in May, Ofsted now says the nursery, which has 68 children aged between one and four on its roll, is 'good' overall.

Inspector Victoria Nicolson, who was not part of the previous Ofsted team, said: "Since the last inspection, there have been significant improvements to the nursery and what is provided for children. The manager, staff and leadership team have worked tirelessly to make the necessary changes that have had a massive impact on the provision.

“As a result, children are happy, settled and are making good progress with their learning.  Staff have developed a curriculum which focuses on children’s needs and interests.

“Staff have made changes to the learning environments, so that they are interesting, stimulating and inclusive.

“The new manager and leaders have high ambitions for what they want children to achieve. They provide staff with the necessary support to raise the quality of the education provided.”

The report, published at the end of June, said nursery workers had a clear understanding of their curriculum, although those in the toddler room still needed some support with assessments and planning.

Busy Bees was rated inadequate in three of four categories – quality of education, personal development, and leadership and management, in the previous report but all areas were now rated 'good'.

Busy Bees Bristol Emersons Green centre director Kimberley Miller said: "Receiving this acknowledgement for the quality of care and education we provide makes me feel incredibly proud of the whole team. Our team has worked tirelessly over the last six months to ensure that every area of care and education is to the highest standard.

"We now have a team of 20 in place who have all undergone enhanced training.

"They are hugely committed and dedicated to providing a wonderful and nurturing learning environment so that our children have the best start in life.

By Adam Postans, Local Democracy Reporting Service