North Wootton Pre-School praised by inspectors

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Children “thoroughly enjoy the wide range of stimulating activities “ at North Wootton Pre-School, its latest Ofsted report states.

The pre-school, in St Augustines Way, South Wootton, was rated ‘good’ in a report published on Friday.

The report praised the “welcoming and well-sourced environment.”

It said: “Children are deeply engaged in their explorations and play. They are enthusiastic and active learners who are eager to join in and try new things.

“Parents are very positive about the pre-school and the staff. They comment that their children are happy and make good progress.

“Staff are kind, friendly and approachable. They ensure settling-in arrangements are flexible to meet children’s individual needs. Staff help children to establish strong attachments and ensure their emotional well-being is well supported.”

The pre-school’s previous Ofsted report, in July 2010, also rated it ‘good’.

To become outstanding, the inspector stated the pre-school should “extend the monitoring of children’s progress” and further extend the learning of children to the highest levels during play.

Sharon Manning, pre-school manager, said: “We are very happy with a ‘good’ report. Our staff work very hard.”

The pre-school caters for children aged two to four and has 27 places, the report said.

It judged all four areas of scrutiny as ‘good’, those being: effectiveness of the leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, personal development, behaviour and welfare and outcomes for children.

It said outcomes for children are good, adding: “Friendships flourish as they seek each other out to share experiences. They are acquiring good skills and attitudes to support their future education.”