Little Stars Pre-School in Surfleet is celebrating after being rated ‘good’ in its first-ever Ofsted.
The pre-school, which is based in the village primary school, has only been going 18 months and so was delighted with the report.
It scored ‘good’ across the board in ‘effectiveness of the leadership and management’, ‘quality of teaching, learning and assessment, ‘personal development, behaviour and welfare’ and ‘outcomes for children’.
After her visit on February 2, the inspector praised staff’s relationships with parents, who have daily opportunity to view observations and photographs of their children through a computer assessment program and comment on their progress.
They were also pleased that children take books home to read with their parents and that staff give suggestions about how learning can be supported at home.
Children’s relationships with their key person are strong and those new to the pre-school quickly form close, emotional bonds with staff.
The report went on to say children show high levels of confidence and participate in activities with enjoyment and that teaching methods are of a consistently high quality.
Staff provide a rich, varied and imaginative educational programme, they know the children well and plan effectively for each individual child based on their interests and developmental needs.
Children benefit from a stimulating and challenging setting, are provided with good opportunities to be active and engage in exploratory play and can make their own choices about where they would like to play and freely access the outdoor area.
They said the school was ‘not yet outstanding’ because, although children are helped to gain an understanding of different cultural events and the wider world, the cultural backgrounds of some children that attend the setting are less well promoted. To further improve, Little Stars should find ways to promote and share the different cultural backgrounds of all of the children.