April 5, 2011
THREE ‘OUTSTANDINGS’ IN A (PARADISE) ROW
Regulatory body Ofsted has just awarded Little Angels nursery of Paradise Row in Cramlington a third consecutive ‘outstanding’ judgement - making it the only childcare setting in Northumberland, and possibly the north east, to receive such a three-in-a-row accolade.
The inspector praised Little Angels for making every child feel really special. The Ofsted inspection report states: “Children are provided with a wealth of exciting opportunities and resources to enable them to make excellent progress in all areas.”
The report goes on to say that “outdoor play is a central feature of the nursery day and children of all ages love to explore the well planned and thoughtfully resourced outside areas… they fill and empty buckets, and using a pulley system constructed from the climbing frame, they correctly identify how heavy the bucket becomes as they add more or less water to it. Even very young babies are developing an understanding of shape and measure as they attempt to fit circular lids from the treasure basket into one another.
“Children are extremely creative and discuss ‘hot chocolate’ they make using soil and cold water which they collect from the outdoors. Children have fantastic opportunities to learn of the natural world as they engage in extremely well planned and resourced activities. They are extremely confident communicators and fully express themselves as they discuss how the fresh octopus and shells feel and appear to them. They use highly descriptive language as they discuss the ‘shiny scales’ and ‘mucus in the gills’, extending their language skills further.”
Ofsted praised the organisation and its commitment to serving children’s individual needs: “Inspiring leadership and excellent, purposeful links with parents and other professionals ensures that children’s overall needs are exceedingly well met.”
Nursery owner Deborah Wylie says she is delighted for the children, parents and staff of Little Angels: “Children deserve nothing but the best, and our staff work and train incredibly hard to deliver that – so it’s terrific to have the outstanding quality of what we provide recognised by Ofsted.”
For more information, please contact Deborah Wylie on 07968 254693
Notes for editors: Little Angels offers childcare for children from babies to young teens, and also offers 15 hours free education (funded by the government) for 3 and 4 year olds. Around 150 children attend the nursery over the course of each week. Over the years the nursery has amassed a wealth of firsts for the region. This included being named national Nursery of the Year in 2009, becoming one of the first buildings owned by a private company to be designated as a Sure Start Children’s Centre, and the first childcare setting to employ a teacher in 2004.
September 9, 2009
Out-of-school club saved to parents’ relief
Little Angels extends its award-winning childcare provision to Burnside
Following months of uncertainty, relieved parents have welcomed a decision to relocate an out-of-school club at Burnside Primary School in Cramlington
As reported by the News Post Leader in March, parents feared they would be forced to give up work in order to care for their children if the out-of-school club was closed as a result of financial pressures following the school’s relocation to a new site in Brockwell.
However, the out-of-school club building has now also been moved to the new site and this week (September 8) continued its service, but under new management. Little Angels, which also runs a nursery in Cramlington village and another out-of-school club at Hareside Primary School, has taken over the running of the Burnside club, offering parents before and after-school care for their children from 7.30am in the morning until 6pm in the evening.
Earlier this year, Little Angels’ nursery and out-of-school club in Cramlington village was crowned the UK’s best children’s nursery by the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA). Judges praised Little Angels for its commitment to quality, with staff holding high-level qualifications, and commended Little Angels as a “magical place” for children, with the nursery working hard to provide fantastic learning experiences.
To celebrate the opening of the Burnside Out-Of-School Club, while also marking the 10th anniversary of Little Angels, the company’s 60 staff were treated to a surprise after-work party where they enjoyed salsa dancing and beauty treatments.
Deborah Wylie, founder of Little Angels says: “We are delighted to be able to offer our high-quality childcare to parents at Burnside– our staff have worked incredibly hard to get the club up and running for the start of the school year and ensure that the children have a fantastic time there.”
June 3rd, 2009
Local nursery wins national award
Little Angels celebrates bringing trophy to the north east with an open-top bus ride
The north east has had little to cheer about this year, but Little Angels of Cramlington has just been crowned the UK’s best children’s nursery. And to celebrate the triumph, children, parents and staff will take an open-top bus ride around the streets of Cramlington this Friday morning (June 5th, 9.30am).
Little Angels was named Nursery of the Year 2009 by the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) at an awards ceremony in York last month. Judges praised Little Angels for its commitment to quality, with staff holding high-level qualifications. Judges spoke of how the nursery is a “magical place” for children, with the nursery working hard to provide fantastic early learning experiences including through a giant outdoor area and lovely “secret garden”. One parent at Little Angels shared with judges that “our child has such a sense of belonging”.
Deborah Wylie, founder of Little Angels says: “We are delighted to be recognised as the country’s best nursery – my team work incredibly hard and this recognition means a great deal to us. At Little Angels we believe that if children are happy and secure in their environment they will reach their full potential in relation to their learning.”
Situated in the heart of Cramlington old village, Little Angels employs 40 staff to care for and teach more than 100 children a day. It was established in 1999 by Deborah after she was unable to locate a childcare setting for her young son.