Early Years Inspection

The Paragon inspection results are exceptional. The report from the Independent Schools Inspectorate in 2011 awards the school the highest grades in all aspects of school life. It is extremely rare for a school to achieve the top marks in every category and The Paragon is one of only a handful to have achieved a 'clean sweep'.

During their visit, the inspectors examined the eight broad areas of school life as well as reviewing the Early Years department (Nursery & Reception).

The Effectiveness of the Early Years Foundation Stage

The overall effectiveness of the setting is outstanding: Teachers provide well conceived tasks that stimulate children and meet their needs very effectively, promoting confidence and an eagerness to learn... The caring environment ensures a warm, family atmosphere where all children have a secure start to their education.

Leadership and management are outstanding: There is a strong sense of purpose and an ambition for further improvement supported by rigorous self-assessment... There is a strong partnership with parents who are welcomed into school and who are very supportive... The learning environment is good... resources both indoors and outside are plentiful, of good quality and are used well to promote children's learning.

The quality of the provision is outstanding: A careful balance is maintained between adult-led activities and those which are child-initiated... Children choose, explore and discover, so that they develop as increasingly independent learners able to make decisions and organise themselves... The calm, orderly routines, that include attention to children's safety and welfare, create an atmosphere in which children concentrate well, feel confident and thrive.

Outcomes for the children are outstanding: Children are enthusiastic and their behaviour is exemplary... They make significant gains in their knowledge and are thoroughly prepared for the next step in their education... Their social and communication skills are outstanding... Children make happy friendships with staff and other children.

Click here to see the full inspection report.

As a working parent I was looking for a stimulating, friendly and caring nursery to look after my child. Squirrels delivers on this in abundance. I immediately felt the atmosphere was warm and inviting and the bright displays on the walls are testament to the focus on creativity and fun. I've found the teachers to be both experienced and engaged: they all clearly love being around the children. I love hearing all about the activities that my child has been involved in - he is very happy there and looks forward to collecting his nursery bag every morning - surely no higher praise!

Rebecca, mum of 3
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