Staff role models help pre-school to improve rating

Ofsted EMN-150412-113406001
Ofsted EMN-150412-113406001

Skilful teaching and a team of “excellent” role models have helped a pre-school to improve its Ofsted rating.

Cottage Pre-School, in Christie Road, Lewes, had been told it needed to improve following an inspection in March 2015 but, following a recent inspection, has now been rated ‘good’.

In her latest report, inspector Jill Steer, praised the staff as “skilful teachers who challenge children’s learning well” and said the youngsters were well prepared for their step up to primary school.

She added: “Staff are all excellent role models for behaviour. They are very calm, gentle and are consistently polite.”

That example had been picked up by the children who were seen to play well with each other and demonstrated their understanding of sharing and taking turns.

The staff’s dedication to the youngsters was recognised in the efforts they made to ensure all children were treated equally and could take part in all activities, no matter their personal circumstances.

Ms Steer said: “Staff develop secure attachments to children and are very supportive in meeting all their needs.

“For example, they find out what languages children speak at home and display these in the learning environment.”

When it came to improving further and perhaps achieving the top ‘outstanding’ rating, Ms Steer said the pre-school needed to review how the outdoor play area was used.

She explained: “Children play outside at set times, which does not always fully support those who prefer to learn outdoors.”

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