The nursery received special recognition in The Star Best in Education Awards held at Kelham Island Museum on September 29th.
The College has two children’s nurseries – one at City campus, Granville Road, and the other at Hillsborough campus, Livesey Street.
They open all year round, including during term time, and cater for children aged from six months to five years-old full time, and offer holiday care for children aged upto seven.
Jason Pepper, Executive Director, Finance and Resources, The Sheffield College, said: “We are delighted that the commitment and high quality care of our nursery staff have earned this special commendation. The Sheffield College’s nursery service plays an important role supporting local communities. We provide high quality care, in a stimulating and safe environment, for the children of students, staff and the local community.”
Children at City campus nursery develop the skills necessary for future life, and make good progress in all aspects of their learning and development. Those are the findings of Ofsted’s latest inspection, which graded the nursery as ‘Good’ in all areas of its report published earlier this year.
The report also noted that staff have a skillful understanding of how children learn best. Consequently, teaching is good and children are making good progress in their learning and development.
Caring and sensitive staff provide a nurturing environment. This gives children a strong sense of belonging and promotes their well-being. Arrangements for safeguarding children, and partnerships with parents and other professionals are strong.
At Hillsborough campus the nursery, which was also graded ‘Good’ at its last Ofsted inspection, has this year undergone a £50,000 revamp thanks to funding from The Sheffield College and a £32,600 grant from Sheffield City Council.
As a result, nursery places have increased from 40 to 53 and a new baby room has been built. The nursery has expanded its places for two-year-olds, so they can benefit from the 15 hours a week of free learning they are entitled to.
Both nurseries are equipped with the latest facilities. Their innovative design features an outside play area with a protect canopy above it that enables children to play and learn outdoors whilst protected in all types of weather. Both nurseries have also received a series of glowing testimonials from parents this year, which include the following endorsements: