Clenchwarton Pre-School wins Ofsted praise after registration suspension

Clenchwarton Pre-School celebrating their Ofsted result. ANL-160629-194113009
Clenchwarton Pre-School celebrating their Ofsted result. ANL-160629-194113009

A West Norfolk pre-school suspended by Ofsted for failing to meet minimum standards has now been rated as ‘good’ in all areas.

Clenchwarton Pre-School managed to turn its fortunes around in just three months after new manager Samantha Thompson took over the helm.

She said she was “thrilled” the education watchdog has now recognised the pre-school as ‘good’, and praised her team for helping her achieve its transformation.

“We are really, really pleased with the result, which is thanks to a huge amount of hard work from a fantastic team of staff,” she said.

The pre-school, based at the Memorial Hall in Blackhorse Road, Clenchwarton, had its childcare provider registration suspended following an inspection by Ofsted in December last year.

The school was closed and the previous manager left, while an investigation into its operations was carried out.

Inspector Caroline Clarke found it was not meeting the standards and quality of early years provision, with a report compiled after the visit highlighting concerns with safeguarding and staff performance.

Now, following a re-inspection of the pre-school on March 22, safeguarding has been praised as “effective” and “motivated” and “enthusiastic” staff confidently observe, assess and plan for children’s next steps.

In a glowing report, 
which was published last week, Ms Clarke said: “The provider has raised standards of practice in all areas since the last inspection.

“There is a realistic development plan in place showing that leaders are committed to further improvement.”

She continued: “Staff have robust knowledge and understanding of the setting’s safeguarding policies and procedures to identify any concerns and refer these to the relevant agencies.”

A key person system also ensures children feel reassured and cared for by staff, and youngsters behave well as staff reinforce the pre-school’s ‘golden rules’.

Ms Clarke added: “Children make good progress from their starting points.”

To improve further, the pre-school has been advised to continue improving relationships with parents.