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Stepping Stones nursery in Bransgore goes from Ofsted rating of ‘inadequate’ to ‘good’ in six months

A NURSERY in Bransgore which was rated inadequate by Ofsted has made vast improvements and is now judged to be ‘good’.

Stepping Stones, in Burnt House Lane, was given the low grade in July on the first day that Becky Rogerson took over as manager.

Stepping Stones pre-school of Sopley, near Bransgore
Stepping Stones pre-school of Sopley, near Bransgore

She said: “It was quite upsetting to say the least.”

Becky, who has worked at the nursery since 2017, said that following the inspection a “team action plan” was put into place to work on issues.

She said: “The recent ‘good’ rating was not down to me – it was completely down to a massive team effort from the staff and the parent committee.

“Everyone came together and worked really hard to make the improvements needed. We also had fantastic support from parents of our children who really love the nursery.”

Among the issues raised by Ofsted was the curriculum, which Becky says has been changed to make sure it reflects what the children’s “needs and requirements are”.

She added: “We also took a look at the role of adults as they support children in the nursery.

“The parent committee were very involved in what needed to be done and to be honest the last six months has been a really positive time.

“We learnt what had to be done, made those changes and there seems to have been a real lift in how staff, parents and the children are feeling now.”

Stepping Stones pre-school of Sopley, near Bransgore
Stepping Stones pre-school of Sopley, near Bransgore

Nursery committee chair, Shullah Trindle, said: "Since July, the team has worked exceptionally hard to get their essential knowledge and skills up to date both through training and community interest groups.

“They have ensured robust practices are in place to adhere to all policies and procedures.

“Each and every member of staff has worked so hard to reach this goal.

“Becky has gone above and beyond to change practices and drive her team forward. It has undoubtedly been through her vision, leadership and determination that Stepping Stones has, once again, become a true asset to the community of Bransgore.”

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