Parents are delighted to have Ofsted endorse what they know to be the quality care their children receive at Oasis Childcare Centre in Ludgvan. The outstanding judgement was given by Ofsted in all categories. Particularly praised are the strong leadership, high professionalism of staff, highly effective partnerships with parents and each child being treated as an individual. Parents spoke of the exceptional facilities and wide range of learning opportunities with amazing high standards but still with a ‘home to home’ environment.. One parent said, ‘The staff have built a platform from which my child is able to shine.’
The inspector observed activities in the playrooms and outdoors, which the children access at all times. She interviewed staff, parents and committee. The policies, procedures, planning, children’s records and staff qualifications all came under scrutiny. Safe recruitment procedures, safeguarding and special needs provision did not escape Ofsted’s scope.
Chair of the Management Committee said, “Oasis offers excellent care for children thanks to a dedicated team. All staff and the committee came in for praise from Ofsted. We are especially blessed with an exceptional leader in Lorna who is always there for the children, their families and the staff. Nothing is too much trouble.”
The report highlighted how parents are involved in the settling in process, informed about each day’s activities and attend consultation events. The staff quickly establish each child’s starting point and work with families and other professionals in order to support every child skilfully. The use of open questioning and praise encourage children to strive to give of their best from interacting with stories to tackling the scrambling net.
Lorna Trudgeon, Centre Manager said ‘‘I am a firm believer in team work. Every member of our staff team is valued and we all work closely together to provide a caring, fun stimulating environment. We are all delighted with our OUTSTANDING and would like to say a big thank you to all of our parents, extended family members, committee and volunteers for their support in helping us to achieve and provide a very special centre.’’
One thing Oasis is not good at is standing still. Plans for the future include building on its international links, offering outreach support and training, developing the outdoor environment and becoming even more involved in community projects.