Little Stars Pre-School, Surfleet, rated good by Ofsted after inspection
A Surfleet pre-school which opened just five years ago has been given its second "Good" Ofsted rating in a row.
In a report published on Thursday, Little Stars Pre-School was praised for its outdoor learning opportunities, "carefully planned curriculum" and staff's high expectations of children.
The pre-school, located on the grounds of Surfleet Primary School, was also praised helping children to develop "increasing levels of concentration", keeping parents up to date about their child's learning and for the support given to staff by owner/manager Bev Gromett.
She said: "We knew this inspection would be tough as it was our first against the new early years'framework so we are proud to remain a 'Good' childcare provider.
"I am really proud of my staff who continually work hard to provide the best early years education for our children.
"We have amazing children and families that support us so would like to thank them."
But the Ofsted report, published after a one-day inspection last month, also challenged staff to allow children to improve their learning further by giving them more time to answer questions and make the most of chances to teach them new skills while they play.
The report said: "The manager and staff have high expectations for all children and skilfully support them to learn about their local community and the wider world.
"Staff are good role models in teaching children to value similarities and differences by reading stories about celebrations, such as harvest festivals and Diwali (a Hindu celebration).
"Partnerships with parents are positive and supportive, staff inform them about howtheir child is progressing and they regularly seek the views of parents to see if there are any improvements they could make.
"Children are well-behaved and show consideration to each other, they are happy and quickly become engaged, demonstrating increasing levels of concentration.
"To further improve, staff should make better use of opportunities to extend and challenge children's learning as they play."