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Project:
Design and opening of a 200 place nursery for next Plc Head Office. next Steps nursery was awarded 'Outstanding' in all areas at their first Ofsted inspection.

Delivery included:
Support with design, build, financial planning, focus groups, supplying documentation for nursery administration, recruitment and staff training.

“Right from the beginning of our major project to design, build, kit out and staff a 200 place nursery for the sole use of our Head Office employees children, Ros and Annie from Smartpractice stood head and shoulders above other consultancies as having a really practical, hands on approach to getting it right.

They were involved in every stage of the project from the development of detailed designs with the architects, thus creating a perfect nursery layout right through to ensuring our staff were of the highest calibre and ready for the grand opening. More importantly they have been instrumental in helping to develop operational and managerial procedures which will keep the nursery operating at the highest of standards expected by Ofsted and our parents for their little ones.

Thank you both and here’s to a long and sustained partnership.”

Andy Latham, Nursery project manager

-next Plc

Bright Beginnings

Project:
Evaluation of the nursery group to improve the Ofsted grades – achieved moving the nurseries to ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted gradings

Delivery included:
Nursery audits and action plans, staff training, supplying documentation for effective administration and nursery practice.

“As you are aware I wanted to express my personal thanks to both of you for your amazing services that you have provided to us since our first ever call to you in March 2016. You both are without doubt the best thing that could have happened to us and I am so grateful for the positive changes that our business has seen. I never thought in a million years we would get two ‘Outstandings’ within such a short period. Both inspectors commented on how knowledgeable the staff were, and how well they planned for their key children’s next steps. This without a doubt came from your one day training session which was a turning point for most of our staff.

They all left with a much better understanding of the EYFS and couldn’t wait to get back and start implementing it. You were quick to identify our weaknesses and set up an immediate action plan for us to work with so we had clear short, medium and long term goals. We took everything you told us on board immediately and implemented most things straight away. We are still in the process of implementing all of your paperwork as we did not want too much change. I do wish that I had met you both earlier as we would have started on the right foot!

I have no hesitation in recommending your services to anyone who like us were stuck in a rut!”

Raj Mehat, Director

-Bright Beginnings Nurseries