A NURSERY in Urmston has been ordered to make improvements after an inspection.

Inspectors from Ofsted visited Tiny Feet Day Nursery on Wycliffe Road in September.

A month later, in a report published on October 15, the nursery – which was founded around 35 years ago – was handed an overall rating of 'requires improvement'.

It was rated 'good' for its behaviour and attitudes and personal development, but 'requires improvement' for its quality of education and leadership and management.

Issues mentioned by the inspectors included a lack of understanding of learning objectives, as well as a lack of challenging activities.

They also said staff were limiting children's vocabulary by mispronouncing words.

Their report said: "Staff do not fully understand what they intend children to learn.

"Activities are not challenging enough to help children progress at their own pace.

"This means children are not able to build on what they already know and can do."

It added: "Staff read stories and sing songs and rhymes with children.

"However, staff do not always pronounce words correctly when speaking to children.

"This means children are not supported to increase their vocabulary."

Despite the issues, the inspectors said children were 'confident', 'engaged' and 'happy'.

They also mentioned children were encouraged to be independent with personal care.

However, the inspectors returned to issues related to leadership and management later in the report.

Their report said: "The manager has a clear vision for the care and education the nursery provides.

"However, this is not shared effectively across the staff team.

"This means staff do not fully understand what and how they want children to learn."

Finally, it said that the requirements on staff-to-child ratios and qualification levels were not met at all times, and that the staff induction lacked certain information.

For this issue, Tiny Feet Day Nursery was told to make improvements immediately.

For the other issues in the report, it was told to make improvements by mid-October.

When approached by The Messenger, Tiny Feet Day Nursery declined to comment.