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University's Nursery Scores Top Marks in Assessment

The University of Worcester's Nursery, Unitots, has scored top marks in an assessment of its provision for pre-school children.

Unitots assessmentThe Early Childhood Rating Scale (ECERS) is an internationally recognised evidence based quality improvement tool. Worcestershire County Council has adopted it as a key indicator of quality and together with the Ofsted grade will use it to determine eligibility for nursery education funding.

Unitots Nursery has 57 children on roll and was visited by assessors from the County Council in May, who assessed against seven scales: space and furnishings, care routines, language/reasoning, activities, interaction, programme structure, parents and staff . The Nursery scored top marks in all areas.

Further assessment into the curricular extension scale also resulted in very high scoring.

Unitots manager, Hazel Rutherford, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have got top marks. It is a new assessment tool and we are one of the trail blazers. Our success is down to our committed staff, who work extremely hard to provide an excellent learning environment for the children.”