First Steps Nursery at Froebelian is Outstanding

First Steps Nursery at Froebelian is Outstanding

First Steps Nursery at Froebelian is Outstanding

First Steps Nursery at Froebelian is Outstanding

“The leadership and management are inspirational.” Ofsted

Despite only being open for just over a year, First Steps Nursery at Froebelian has been awarded OUTSTANDING in its first ever Ofsted inspection.

The private day nursery on New Road Side in Horsforth, Leeds, has been given a judgment of ‘outstanding’ in each aspect of the inspection as well the overall verdict.

Head of Nursery Rachel Burton said: “This is an amazing accomplishment for any nursery but for a first time inspection within twelve months of opening, it is an exceptional and very rare achievement. I would like to thank the whole of the team at First Steps Nursery at Froebelian for their hard work and dedication which shone through on the day and also a big thank you to all of our families who gave feedback to the inspector and enabled her to see just how wonderful we are!”

Headteacher at The Froebelian School, Catherine Dodds added: “The Froebelian family is extremely proud of everything that has been achieved by Rachel and her team in such a short space of time. The Ofsted report is an absolute pleasure to read and is testament to the incredible amount of hard work, expertise and determination that has been invested during the last twelve months.”


She continued: “First Steps opened its doors last August with an attendance of just four children per week and only one year later there is a waiting list for some sessions extending until 2018 with an exceptionally high demand for places.”

According to the latest Ofsted ‘Outstanding Providers’ list for inspections between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015, there are only 3 providers of early years care in Leeds (not including childminders) who received outstanding – none of which had received outstanding on their first inspection.

Based on the Froebelian ethos of ‘Giving a Flying Start to the Citizens of Tomorrow’, First Steps provides nurturing childcare of the highest quality for children aged three months to five years, focusing on each individual child and their unique learning and development needs.

The dedicated staff team is handpicked for their passion and experience in early years and all equipment and resources are purposely selected with advice from renowned early years specialists, to create an enabling learning environment.

Ofsted said:

  • “The children’s behaviour is exemplary, as a result of the staff’s high expectations and consistent interaction. Children’s confidence and self-esteem are encouraged extremely well, enabling them to develop positive attitudes and ensuring their individual well-being.”

To download the report as a PDF file, please click here.

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