Lakehouse Nursery continues to be rated Ofsted Outstanding in ALL areas!!!!!
We are so excited to announce that Lakehouse Nursery has again been rated Outstanding in All
areas at our OFSTED Inspection on Thursday 24th February 2022.
We want to thank our amazing team who work incredibly hard to ensure excellence
in all we do and a huge thank you to all our parents who have supported us over the last 11 1/2 years.
Since opening in January 2011 our aim was to provide
the best possible environment for children, parents and staff. Lakehouse and Stationhouse
were the first nurseries in this area to go online, first to offer forest and beach schools, first
to offer nappies as part of our fees, first and only to hold Investors in People Gold,
first and only to hold a Children’s Food Trust Award and you can be assured that we
will continue to raise the standards and provide outstanding child care that our parents,
the team and the local community are proud of.
Please read a copy of our report here...
We were delighted to be one of the first nurseries in the whole of the South of England
to of been awarded Millie’s Mark in 2016. We wholeheartedly believe in all staff holding a
paediatric first aid certificate ever since we opened our doors in January 2011. Millie’s
Mark is an award to demonstrate that we go over and above our statutory duty to keep children
safe. We follow the award criteria rigorously to make sure we are always within the guidelines.
If you would like to find out a little more about it please follow the link
Nutritious meals and snacks are such an important part of our day and we are really proud
to announce we have been awarded the A Food for Life Early Years Award!
“Providing the best start in life for all children in our care, is our founding
principle, and offering the highest quality of ingredients to ensure our food is
not only tasty, but nutritious, is a core part of that. Wendie Mason and our team
work tirelessly to plan menus, prepare food from scratch and offer children
experiences like growing their own fruit and vegetables and preparing their own
meals. We have also chosen to work with Outstanding suppliers like Butchers Block,
A David and MJ Baker, who’s consistent aims are to provide the highest standards in
welfare and sustainability, and deliver restaurant quality meat and produce. It is
these partnerships which have enabled us to gain another Early Years award for food
quality and education.”
Zoe Parsons Director Lakehouse and Stationhouse Nurseries Portishead.
We know that what differentiates us from other nurseries, is our people. We recruit,
develop, and retain the very best people and it’s no accident. We put a huge amount of
time and effort developing the right tools to assess potential at all stages, and through
rigorous assessment, induction and an ongoing performance culture we work in partnership
with every member of our team to ensure they retain the passion and skill to do their jobs
to the highest of standards. We want to be the best and we work extremely hard every day to
ensure this is a reality.
We were so proud to be awarded the Investors in People Gold Standard. Investors In People
is a management framework for high performance through people. Formed in 1991, Investors
in People was established by the UK Government to help organisations get the best from their
people. This prestigious accreditation is recognised across the world as a mark of excellence.
The process was extremely rigorous, with 3 full days of interviews with 22 members of the
team across both Lakehouse and Stationhouse selected by our assessor Pauline Helliar-Symons.
The interviews were challenging and the feedback overwhelming. Pauline was so impressed by
the passion and enthusiasm of every member of staff, our clear vision and strategy and
commitment to outstanding people practice; she said she had never encountered a business
with so much energy and commitment – gosh the tears were flowing!!!
Congratulations to my team on this amazing achievement. We know we provide fantastic menus and
healthy eating experiences for children, but it is so good to get recognised for this by the
Children’s Food trust. It is a real credit to our amazing kitchen team who work tirelessly
to provide great food every day.
We are so fortunate to have such a beautiful learning environment for
the children and have worked tirelessly to ensure that our rooms are full of resources
and areas that promote awe and wonder for our children. We have created a space where
children investigate, explore and be curious about the world around them. This has
always been an area of strength for us at Lakehouse and Stationhouse, and we decided
to audit what we offer in our learning environment by working through ‘The Curiosity
Approach’. The purpose of this accreditation is to ensure that curiosity, awe, and
wonder is deeply embedded in our setting and provides a framework for the team to
evaluate and reflect our practice to ensure we are doing the very best for our children.
We will be submitting our portfolio soon, so watch this space………