Outstanding' school gets inspector praise

PUBLISHED: 11:04 07 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:01 31 May 2010

Teachers Ute Hart,Catherine Horner,Jane Price and Heidi Moyer with their pupils - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

Teachers Ute Hart,Catherine Horner,Jane Price and Heidi Moyer with their pupils - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

EXCEPTIONAL efforts by the staff at Heidi s Montessori Nursery School in Clavering have secured it a place on Ofsted s annual outstanding providers list. The staff have been invited by Her Majesty s Chief Inspector, Christine Gilbert, to attend a lunch re

EXCEPTIONAL efforts by the staff at Heidi's Montessori Nursery School in Clavering have secured it a place on Ofsted's annual outstanding providers list.

The staff have been invited by Her Majesty's Chief Inspector, Christine Gilbert, to attend a lunch reception at Knebworth Park in February to celebrate.

The nursery's owner, Heidi Moyer, said: "We're absolutely delighted with the recognition of the work we put into the school"

"Members of staff are dedicated to the children, to their development and individual learning styles."

The nursery school opened in 2000, when it was based in Brent Pelham Village Hall.

Five years later, Miss Moyer was able to buy and convert a chapel on Clavering Village Green, which is where the school has remained since.

She said: "I really feel it's the multi-sensory approach which is key to the development of the children - it gives them a really good foundation in their early life.

"We also send out lots of questionnaires to parents and have feedback sessions, so they really have a say in what goes on at the school."

The four-strong team at the nursery take on 20 children in each session and use the Montessori approach, a teaching method that takes into consideration children's physical, intellectual, emotional and social abilities, and develops these in a specially prepared environment.

The technique, which was developed in the early 20th century by Italian Doctor Maria Montessori, is believed to help provide a solid foundation for speech, writing and arithmetic.

The nursery's Ofsted inspection last year was practically flawless, with inspectors rating it "outstanding" throughout the inspection criteria.

The report said that "children's spiritual, moral, social and cultural needs are competently met" and that "staff work exceptionally well as a team to ensure time and resources support children's learning."

Miss Moyer summed up the school's response to the report: "We're very, very pleased. The staff here are really supportive, as are the parents, as they can see that their children are receiving a good education."

This year was the first time that Ofsted's Annual Report included outstanding nurseries.

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