A NURSERY has been told it must improve after Ofsted inspectors identified "weaknesses within teaching."

Puddle Ducks Daycare Ltd in Swan Lane, Evesham received a "requires improvement" rating from Ofsted following the August inspection.

Inspectors said: "Staff do not make precise assessments of children's development to identify the next steps in learning. This includes fully completing the progress check for children aged between two and three years.

"Staff do not allocate children's key persons promptly, particularly when children transition between rooms. The planning does not consistently help to shape children's individual learning experiences and promote their progress as much as possible.

"The arrangements for staff's professional development do not help equip them with the skills they need to fulfil their teaching roles successfully.

"Managers do not monitor the quality of staff teaching, activities and children's progress carefully enough to help further improve the quality of the provision.

"Weaknesses within teaching mean children are not highly motivated to learn. Staff do not allocate key persons promptly enough to promote continuity in children's learning and care."

Despite criticisms, the nursery was praised for having a "Welcoming and bright" environment for working and that children have "suitable opportunities to learn about their different cultures and religions."

The nursery was also praised for its relationship with the parents and its understanding of safeguarding legislation.

The inspection is the first for the nursery since 2014, when it was rated as "good."

A spokesman for the nursery said: "We received a periodic visit from Ofsted on the 14th August 2017.

"In the inspectors report a number of strengths were identified including, the nursery environment is bright and welcoming with children showing an interest in the range of activities provided.

"The inspector stated that staff promote tolerance and respect for others and that staff have a very clear understanding of the legislation protecting children's welfare.

"The report also identified a small number of areas requiring improvement. All areas have been addressed

and additional staff training arranged.

"We are grateful to the inspector for the interest shown in the nursery and children during the visit and the insight

provided to help us deliver an even better experience for the children.

"Since the report was published we have received a number of letters of support from parents praising the nursery, its environment and staff."