Murrow Pre-school is 'outstanding' says Ofsted
Murrow pre-school has earned its second 'outstanding' from government inspectors who were impressed with the setting's leadership.
Ofsted inspector Jacqueline Baker visited the 30 place pre-school in mid-January and in a report published this week declared it 'outstanding' across all areas.
Her report said: "The manager demonstrates exceptional levels of enthusiasm, determination and passion for her role. She leads an equally dedicated team.
"Together, they continue to provide the highest quality of care and learning experiences for all children. All staff have a deep understanding of families accessing the preschool. They provide them with excellent guidance and support over and above what normally might be expected. Due to this, children thrive in their care."
Ms Baker said children are "warmly welcomed by staff" at the start of the day and they quickly settle and show high levels of confidence as they choose their activities.
She said: "Children never tire of being outside where they find a wealth of interesting activities to promote all areas of their learning. Wet weather does not deter them, and they happily sit with staff under huge umbrellas to consider what rain is, the effects it has and where it comes from."
The report continued: "Staff have an outstanding knowledge of children's interests and learning needs. They provide a vibrant environment where children find endless opportunities to explore and investigate. The standard of interactions between staff and children is excellent and promotes the highest level of learning at every opportunity. Teaching is worthy of sharing with others.
"Staff are highly skilled at accurately assessing children's levels of development and determining the very best way to enhance learning and skills through play.
"This is particularly evident in children's communication development, where in some cases children make very swift progress in a very short space of time."
The report concludes: "Staff are exceptionally well trained and know how to recognise and report concerns about children in their care. Only the most suitable staff are employed at the pre-school. Checks on their backgrounds are thorough."
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