Magdalen pre-school ‘outstanding’ after registration mix-up, report says

Little Seedlings Pre - school at Magdalen'Outstanding Ofsted'LtoR, Faye Carpenter, Jackson Brown, Thomas Dumbleton, Tia Rowland, Luke Harris, Claire Hooker (Manager) ANL-151214-133906009
Little Seedlings Pre - school at Magdalen'Outstanding Ofsted'LtoR, Faye Carpenter, Jackson Brown, Thomas Dumbleton, Tia Rowland, Luke Harris, Claire Hooker (Manager) ANL-151214-133906009
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A village pre-school has been hailed as outstanding by inspectors, just nine months after it was deemed to require improvement.

The verdict on the Little Seedlings Pre-School, which operates within the Magdalen Village School, follows a new Ofsted assessment last month.

The group had been told to improve following its previous inspection in March.

That report highlighted concerns over the inspection body not being informed of changes to the pre-school’s management and missed opportunities for sharing ideas with parents for enhancing their children’s learning.

Officials say the registration issue meant the inspection judgement had to be limited.

But, this time round, inspector Carly Mooney reported: “The provider has made excellent progress since the last inspection to address the weaknesses.

And pre-school manager Claire Hooker said: “We’re very pleased we have got the result we felt that, if it hadn’t been for the registration issue, we would have already.”

The school’s headteacher, Alison Hughes, added; “It was easy to put right and we welcome the quick visit.”

The new report said a “robust system” was now in place for informing Ofsted of changes in personnel.

It continued: “Excellent relationships with parents support a shared approach to children’s learning

and ensure they receive consistent support. Home visits help to build secure, trusting relationships and determine very secure starting points for children’s learning.

“Learning targets are consistently shared so that parents can extend and support children’s progress.

The report also described staff as “astute” in their use of spontaneous learning opportunities, such as encouraging children to think about road safety when they are cycling.

It added: “Staff communicate superbly with children and show a real interest in what they have to say.”

Much of the good practice identified in the report was already in place prior to the spring inspection.

But Mrs Hughes said they had stepped up their efforts to involve parents.

She said: “It’s not that it wasn’t happening before but you could be even better if you do this.”