Pre-school’s dedicated staff are praised

March 27 2019
Pre-school’s dedicated staff are praised

AN INSPECTOR has praised the “passionate manager and dedicated staff” of a preschool near Thornbury.

Ofsted visited Tytherington Pre-school, above, in January and the education watchdog's report rates it as ‘good’ overall.

The report praised the staff for creating a welcoming and stimulating environment, where children are happy and learn through a wide range of activities.

The inspection process involves examining key areas: leadership and management, teaching and learning, children’s development, behaviour and welfare, and outcomes for children. The setting is then given an overall grading of either outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate. 

Ofsted said that since its last inspection in 2016, the preschool had given staff training to raise standards in teaching. Children with special educational needs and disabilities receive the right support, and the manager accurately analyses the progress of each child.

Inspector Jan Harvey said children were encouraged to be independent, getting ready for PE by undressing and dressing themselves, and serving their own snacks and drinks. It highlighted how effectively children are settled in when they first start, with staff supporting their emotional and physical well-being.

The inspector said the parents she met were happy, adding: “Parents particularly welcome the detailed daily feedback they exchange with staff and the photographs in the children's learning records, which helps them to see children's enjoyment in the activities provided.”

To further improve, the pre-school was asked to involve parents in finding ways of building on children’s learning at home, and to continue to build stronger relationships with other settings.

Pre-school committee chair Victoria Barker echoed the inspector’s praise for the staff.

She said: “As chairman and parent of a child at Tytherington Pre-School, I would like to thank our passionate manager and dedicated staff team who make Tytherington Pre-School the warm, nurturing and caring environment that we all wish our children to experience, and the recent Ofsted report is really credit to their hard-work and enthusiasm.

We are pleased the Ofsted inspector noticed how children’s emotional and physical well-being is well supported, and that children make good progress in learning and development; one of our core beliefs is that this best takes place when children are safe, happy and able to play and develop their independence.”