The University of Bradford Nursery was opened in April 1992 and is purpose-built to provide facilities of a high standard for children aged 12 weeks to five years. During the summer we also run a Summer Club Scheme for children aged 5 to 12 years.
Over the years we have achieved many awards including the University's award of Excellence for Developing People (IIP), certification for passing Effective Early Learning (EEL), the Investors in Children Award (IIC), Silver Award in Inclusion Quality Standard (IQS) and a 5* rating in Food Hygiene. In February 2014 we achieved a Gold Award for the First Steps to Healthy Teeth Dental Health.
To maintain our good practice ethos we continue to develop our provision through the use of audit tool and Local Authority (LA) development programmes. These include the Every Child a Talker (ECaT) National Early Years Language Programme, which is dedicated to supporting children's speaking and listening skills. The Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale (ITERS) and the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS) is another tool for measuring practice and environment quality within early years provision. We use this auditing tool within our setting as we feel it enables us to assess our provision holistically.
We have a highly qualified staff team which consists of two Graduate Leaders and an Early Years Teacher.
We were awarded with an Ofsted judgement of 'GOOD' following from our July 2013 inspection.
The Ofsted Inspector said:
"Staff skilfully use individual education plans for children to promote their learning".
"Parents are effectively involved in their children's learning".
"Children are very happy and content at the nursery".
"Children who speak English as an additional language are supported well".
"Positive images of diversity...help everyone to feel equally welcomed and valued".
"The team...are highly focused on driving equality in all aspects of the nursery. A strong drive for improvement and the evident embracing of quality from staff demonstrates that they are fully committed to providing the best start for children in their early years".