A private north Leeds nursery is celebrating after turning around an ‘inadequate’ Ofsted rating within a year.
Kautars Kinder Crew, on Meanwood Road, has now been judged as ‘good’ across the board after a visit by inspectors last month.
Its original ‘inadequate’ rating came after an inspection in April 2014 when the education watchdog also issued enforcement action.
But the nursery has now bounced back through a range of improvements and jumped up two grades.
Inspectors highlighted effective leadership, systems for self-evaluation, effective planning tailored to each child and good quality teaching in its latest visit. Nursery director Kautar Fisher, who appealed against the original report, said they were now striving for an ‘outstanding’ rating. She said: “We’re very pleased with how Ofsted have seen the improvements and the nursery continues to grow with strong word-of-mouth recommendations from parents.
“The results from the first inspection were taken very seriously and all our staff have worked very hard to improve in all areas. We are committed to give our parents and their children the best care and service in the Leeds area. We have implemented bespoke training packages for all of our staff in order to be able to better support the children in our care and improve their vocabulary and thinking skills. We have also implemented new monitoring procedures and trained our staff to make them aware of them and to understand potential problems and how to combat them.
“As part of our review we will be upgrading our technology and will also now offering free childcare places for two to four-year-olds. While we still don’t agree with the previous inspector’s report, we want the positive remarks from this report to instil confidence in the community about our ongoing commitment to the highest quality of child care.”