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Edition No. 174

Date:- 06 November 2004

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Top marks for Pipkins Day Nursery in recent Ofsted Report

A recent Report from the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) has given top marks to Pipkins Day Nursery at the Southport General Infirmary in Scarisbrick New Road. The nursery is one of two run by Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust; the other is Tiddlywinks Nursery at Ormskirk & District
General Hospital.

The nursery is inspected against national standards of both care and education for children up to school age. The inspection looks at organisation; care, learning and play; physical environment; equipment; safety; health; food and drink; equal opportunities; special needs; behaviour; working in partnership with parents and cares; child protection and documentation.

For over three year olds it also includes educational standards in personal, social and emotional development; communication, language and literacy; mathematical development; knowledge and understanding of the world; creative development and physical development. In all categories the top marks were awarded. 

"It's quite a nerve-racking time during the inspection,"
said Norma Rimmer, Manager of Pipkins. "It's not really extra work, as we don't want to do anything false. It's best to carry on as normal. The inspection is very detailed, looking at all the staff working with the children, the records and documentation and so on. It's satisfying to know that we meet the highest standards, because the care of the children is the most important thing."

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