We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded an ‘Outstanding’ report from OFSTED! During the 15-16 academic year only 4 training providers in the UK achieved an Outstanding inspection grade therefore we are really proud of this achievement.  This inspection grade demonstrates our commitment to growing and developing our apprentices by ensuring a nurturing and inspirational learner journey.

The Ofsted report praised our quality of teaching, the effectiveness of management and the overall outcomes we create for our apprentices and children, noting that;

“Highly-skilled training officers provide excellent coaching, guidance and support to the apprentices. As a result, apprentices become very skilled at evaluating and improving their skills as childcare, catering and management professionals.”

Training Manager, Fay Gibbin, said:

“We are incredibly proud to receive this accolade – it is a huge achievement! Everyone within the business works tirelessly day-to-day to ensure we can provide better outcomes for learners and children. The report highlights our ongoing commitment to offering apprentices quality qualifications and apprenticeship programmes preparing them for the next stages of their career.

“This endorsement proves that all our hard work has been recognised and that each of our apprentices receive the highest standard of support and guidance to help them become highly skilled early years professionals. Many of our Training Officers begin their careers as apprentices and understand the positive impact that well-supported and structured programmes can have on their development.”

Our senior teams were also praised as “many training staff have risen through the ranks of apprenticeships; they act as role models to inspire apprentices to aim higher” with OFSTED going on to say;

“Apprentices benefit from excellent and impartial careers information, advice and guidance; apprentices chose their courses to develop their careers that suit their courses to develop their careers that suit their personal circumstances.”

The nursery environment in which many of our apprentices work was given a special mention as OFSTED recognised that;

“Apprentices work in pleasant, safe and welcoming nurseries where they teach children a range of social and personal skills that prepare them well for the next stage of their learning.”

Continuing their praise, OFSTED said;

“Directors and senior leaders have a clear strategic vision to provide outstanding childcare and learning for children; they have made this a reality.”

You can view the full OFSTED report here