West Norfolk pre-schools welcome good inspection ratings

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There were celebrations at two West Norfolk nursery schools this week when education inspectors rated them both as ‘good’ in all areas.

Ofsted published reports for Burnham Market Nursery School and Colkirk Pre-School, near Fakenham, on Tuesday following inspections at the settings last month.

Both Burnham Market and Colkirk upheld the findings of their previous Ofsted inspections which were carried out in 2009 and 2011 respectively.

The report for Burnham Market said the quality of teaching is good, and staff are “motivated and enthusiastic as they ignite children’s curiosity”.

Inspector Gail Warnes said “kind and caring” staff also form strong bonds with children and support their growing independence.

She also praised the nursery’s safeguarding arrangements for children and said leadership was strong.

“Leaders have effective systems in place to regularly review practice and the impact it has on the progress children make,” she said.

Areas for development include reviewing group activities in order to meet the needs of the differing ages of children, and enhancing partnerships with parents and carers further.

At Colkirk Pre-School, Ofsted said staff make the most of opportunities to extend children’s learning and have high expectations of their achievements. “As a result, children’s progress is good given their starting points and capabilities,” said inspector Jacqui Oliver.

Her report said leaders demonstrate a “strong commitment to developing the pre-school and have targeted plans for the future to continally improve the quality of the provision”.

Ways to improve include strengthening the monitoring of children’s achievements and reviewing group activities so all children are supported and engaged.