Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills who inspect and regulate services that care for children. Reflections was inspected in 2010, 2013 and 2014 and received the highest grade of ‘Outstanding’ at all three inspections. The inspectors comment on staff interactions, management of the setting, food, safety, and above all, children’s welfare and development. Please see below for some of their comments:

Staff are highly skilled at interacting with children. Teaching is of a consistently high quality in all areas of learning. Staff plan carefully, observing the children. They use this information to effectively plan long term projects and investigations that reflect the children’s individual needs and interests. Staff are outstanding in supporting children’s growing understanding of safety.

Leadership and management have an outstanding understanding of their roles and responsibilities in meeting the learning and development requirements of the Statutory Framework of the Early Years Foundation Stage, including over-seeing the educational programmes. A very strong management team leads the nursery and demonstrates passionately an extremely strong drive to improve outcomes for children.

Children are extremely active and independent in their learning. This is because staff have high expectations of them. Children are making outstanding progress towards the early learning goals of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. This helps them prepare well for school and the future. Children are active agents in their own learning, they confidently explore, investigate and problem solve. 

Partnerships with parents are extremely strong. Parents are valued and their suggestions regarding children’s learning are welcomed and implemented. Parents are fully involved in helping to settle children in when transferring to other rooms within the setting.

All children have access to healthy, well balanced meals.

Children’s behaviour is exemplary. They show mature skills in identifying and expressing their feelings, and show empathy for the other children. They have an excellent understanding of what is expected of them, and are assertive about what they know is right.


You can read the full Ofsted report here.