Awards and Ofsted.


Stationhouse Nursery is rated Ofsted Outstanding in ALL areas!!!!!
Our inspector Mary Daniel, spent over 10 hours on site, before giving us the fantastic outcome. Mary said if she could make the outcome flash she would, she was overwhelmed by the quality commitment and expertise of the team; and how happy, engaged and calm the children were. She loved our planning and assessment of children ensuring that all children were making great progress and praised our Outstanding leadership. Well done to the Stationhouse team, this is much deserved!!! A copy of our report can be found here...

Millie’s Mark

We were delighted to be one of the first nurseries in the whole of the South of England to have 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 April 2013. Millie’s Mark is an award to demonstrate that we go over and above our statutory duty to keep children safe. If you would like to find out a little more about it please follow the link https://www.milliesmark.com/for-parents .

A Food for Life Early Years Award Soil Association - 2019

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.

I Can Early Years Talk Accreditation

“Communication & relationships; there is excellent communication between all staff in the rooms and relationships between adults and children appear strong. There is a welcoming feel to the environment and feeling of respect between staff members and also towards children. This is a very warm and inviting setting which is evident in the children’s interactions with staff and other children." May 2016

We are so proud of this award and all the hard work from the team. We were fortunate to have speech and language therapist Nicola Holmes, to work alongside with during the accreditation process. Nicola visited the nursery and observed practice in each of the rooms, she was particularly impressed by the high-quality interactions between the team and children. Her observations highlighted how we create an environment where children are immersed in opportunities that encourage children’s early communication skills.

IIP Gold

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 in 2015. 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!!!

Children’s Food Trust

CHILDRENS FOOD TRUST | Hopscotch 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.

The Curiosity Approach

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 Stationhouse and Lakehouse, 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………