A Rainham nursery loses its “good” Ofsted rating

Cornerstone Academy nursery, in Rainham

Cornerstone Academy nursery, in Rainham - Credit: Archant

A Rainham nursery has lost its “good” rating in its latest Ofsted inspection.

The Cornerstone Academy, in Rainham Road, was given a “satisfactory” rating in a report published last week for its provision.

It also received the rating for how well it meets the needs of the children; the contribution towards the well-being of children and the effectiveness of leadership and management.

The inspectors said in their report that staff are “inconsistent in their approach to managing children’s behaviour, therefore children are not fully supported to understand why certain behaviour is not acceptable.”

They added that: “Children are not always given sufficient time to think about what they want to say when staff ask them questions because at times staff intervene too soon with the answers.”

And they noted that staff do not always offer “appropriate support and challenge” to aid children’s development in maths.

The report said that the quality of teaching was “variable” and as a result “children are not always suitably challenged during activities” and it can affect how well children progress towards the early learning goals.

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Inspectors said few staff have attended behaviour management training and consequently some staff’s management of children’s behaviour is “inconsistent”.

The nursery has been asked to improve staff’s knowledge of behaviour issues and to ensure that they implement the behaviour management policy and procedures to help children learn how to behave.

They were also asked to develop the staff’s skills to support children’s communication and language and development in maths.

But they said the nursery had some positive aspects and praised the staff’s knowledge of good hygiene and their daily routines help to maintain children’s good health.

They added that children enjoy listening to stories because staff help them to become engaged and involved in story-time sessions.

The report said: “Staff capture children’s attention during story time and make reading fun as they use children’s names as the main characters of the story.”

And inspectors added: “Staff have established good partnerships with parents and this has contributed to the continuity of care for the children.”