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Exceptional childcare at Seymour House Outstanding Ofsted rated nurseries

For any parent, finding the best possible daycare and early years education for your preschool age child is extremely important. Sending your child to an outstanding Ofsted rated nursery means you can rest assured they are in a safe place, well cared for, learning and having fun.

All Seymour House nurseries across Essex and Hertfordshire have an Outstanding Ofsted rating. We are dedicated to providing the best possible childcare experience for the children in our care. Since our first nursery opened over 30 years ago, we have continually evolved, including creating our own educational curriculum which is taught as part of our exceptional early years childcare provision.

What is Ofsted?

The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills, better known as Ofsted, is responsible for inspecting and regulating all organisations and services that provide education and those that provide education and care for children and young people. This means that in addition to schools and colleges, Ofsted are also responsible for inspecting, regulating and rating early years childcare facilities and nurseries. 

Why does Ofsted inspect and rate day nurseries?

Every child deserves the best start in life and having Ofsted rated nurseries means childcare providers keep pace with early years education, appropriate safeguarding, high quality care, suitable staff and that they meet the statutory requirements of the early years foundation stage. 

What are Ofsted day nursery ratings?

There are four possible Ofsted ratings which are based on the inspectors’ judgement of a range of categories. Ofsted ratings can be Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement or Inadequate. We are proud to say that the Ofsted ratings for all Seymour House nurseries are Outstanding in all areas. 


What makes Seymour House Ofsted rated nurseries outstanding?

Achieving our Outstanding rating means our nurseries exceed expectations on every level and we are seen to stand out from the average. Ofsted inspections review various areas and take into account the nursery staff, the care we provide, our early years education provision and the behaviour of the children. 

Outstanding quality of education

Ofsted inspectors have noted the exceptional learning environment at our day nurseries and the amazing progress that the children are making in a wide range of skills. Our curriculum is reported as impressive and well-sequenced, consistently meeting the needs of every individual child. 

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Outstanding behaviour and attitudes

If a child is comfortable in their environment, that is a good sign that the nursery is doing things right. Assessing the behaviour of the children is part of an Ofsted nursery inspection and at our nurseries children were seen to arrive at our nurseries excited for the day, happy and confident in their surroundings with a sense of belonging. 

Outstanding personal development

We believe in not only providing care for children now, but also in preparing them for the future. We promote listening and communication skills and encourage children to take responsibility and be independent. Our Ofsted nursery reports reflect this, stating that children in our care are eager to explore, thriving in a rich and caring environment. 

Outstanding leadership and management

The best childcare nurseries have the best staff, and we have fantastic teams of dedicated staff in all our nurseries across Essex and Hertfordshire. Our Managers and  Early Years Educators create a calm and welcoming environment and form strong relationships with the children. Utmost priority is given to the children’s safety, health and wellbeing and our staff will go the extra mile to ensure they achieve this. 

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Outstanding overall effectiveness 

Beyond brilliant childcare and education is the ethos here at Seymour House, which is reflected in our consistent Outstanding Ofsted ratings. This is further endorsed by parents impressed with the kindness, compassion and support their children receive. They have reported that their children are confident and making excellent progress while thoroughly enjoying their time at nursery. 

You can find the inspection reports on the Ofsted website.


An Outstanding Ofsted rated nursery is an amazing achievement by the teams at all our Seymour House day nurseries. Begin your child’s educational journey and find a Seymour House nursery near you today.

Find out what parents say about us

Sarah Leete

We have always been and remain confident that when we leave our daughter Nursery, she receives the highest level of care and pre-school education available. We would have no hesitation recommending Seymour House to any friends seeking high quality childcare

Mrs Ellis

I would like to thank the nursery team for the outstanding care they have given to Millie over the past three years.  Every Team member is kind, thoughtful and professional

David and Katrin Bome

We have always been very pleased with the care, knowledge, professionalism, skill, and nurturing nature of the team

Chloe Jenkins

The nursery team are amazing and have made the process of returning to work so much easier for me.  I have complete confidence in them

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