|Name||New Hickory Montessori|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||26 April 2019|
|Address||Comptons, 25 Denmans Lane, Lindfield, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 2LA|
|Phone Number||01444 473311|
|Type||Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Sessional day care|
Summary of key findings for parents
This provision is outstanding • The dedicated management team has an exceptional approach to leading its staff. Managers are passionate about creating an environment where children have the freedom to learn and develop in their own unique ways. They constantly reflect on and evaluate the provision and act on feedback from the parents, children and staff. • Children make excellent progress in their learning, including children with special educational needs and/or those in need of further support. Meticulous monitoring and rigorous assessment ensure all children receive highly appropriate and meaningful support. Interventions are swiftly and successfully put into place to prevent children from falling behind their peers. • The managers and staff work exceptionally well with health professionals and others involved in the children’s learning. They share strategies such as visual learning cues and flash cards to support children’s care and learning very effectively. • Children are highly imaginative as they play. For example, they design and build complex structures with crates and chairs. They incorporate other resources, such as steering wheels and tickets, to enhance their game and develop storylines even further. • Staff are skilled and knowledgeable and demonstrate strong teaching practice. They continuously engage in high-quality interactions and, as a result, children are very eager to learn. • Parents’ comments about the nursery are overwhelmingly positive. They share their experiences of the recently improved handover periods of the day, where the child’s key person offers verbal details of the child’s time at nursery and the progress they make in their learning. • Children are incredibly happy and demonstrate kind and respectful behaviour. They have developed extremely strong attachments with the caring and nurturing staff. This has created a warm atmosphere throughout the setting.