Difficulties Facing Nurseries to Meet the Ofsted Criteria's

Manal Hendawi


The aim of the study is to find the difficulties that the nurseries are facing to meet the Ofsted criteria’s in England, and to investigate the reasons behind these problems also try to find practical solutions and recommendations to improve the services level of nurseries.

The samples of this study are two nurseries both of them are   a few meters from each other, and under the same owner, yet nursery "B" was ranked outstanding and nursery "A" was ranked inadequate. In this study, will try to analyze and establish what and where things can be improved to meet the outstanding rank by Ofsted.

To collect data questionnaire was designed, using a Likert three points scale (agree, neither agree nor disagree, disagree) to estimate the approval of population of the study about the questionnaire paragraphs. However ranking and percentages used to analyze the data.

These results showed  that a child parent’s are co–operative with the nursery and treating each child individually depending on his/her needs is very important to improve the nursery services, also managers/staff regular meeting periodically and systematically to discuss what is going on inside the nursery and discuss plans effectively will positively reflect back on education outcomes in the nursery. On the other hand all staff believed that the nursery should have a co-operative relationship with other nurseries, private and government institutions to help the nursery to improve its services, although all staff  agreed that everyone is working in a nursery should have knowledge regarding Ofsted and government educational standards to achieve outstanding rank and deliver very high quality services to children in the nursery.

However most of the staff in both nurseries agreed that staff should looking to gain higher qualification to improve their knowledge and be more professional in their work, and they didn’t consider that children’s different cultures is a barrier to deliver good and high quality services .

In light of the study results several recommendations were suggested such as inviting parents to become involved in the educational process, treating each child individually according to his/her needs, the director must treat all employees fairly, creating a strong relationship with local government and private institutions, a workshop for the nursery staff at the beginning of each academic year should be held to familiarize them with Ofsted frameworks and national standards to achieve outstanding rank.

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