THERE were big celebrations at Little Oaks Pre-School after Ofsted inspectors gave them the highest accolade.
The Northchapel pre-school has been judged as ‘outstanding’ thanks to the ‘exceptional knowledge’ of the teaching team.
Northchapel Primary School head teacher Helen Coleman said: “It was quite a surprise finding an Ofsted inspector at our door first thing on a Monday morning but a delight to spend the day with her.
“She spent the morning observing and it was great she was able to see all the hard work the staff have put in to make it such a super learning environment.
“She was very impressed with the levels of concentration the children showed, sticking at activities for long periods of time which is not what you usually see in preschool children.
“She looked carefully through all the policies and was impressed with the long term vision and attention to each child’s learning journey.
“She commented on the highly effective safeguarding measures, exceptional interest in books, exciting range of activities and the excellent knowledge of children’s individual needs.
“We are delighted with her judgement and very proud of the preschool team who have put in so much hard work.”
The report said the pre-school is helping children gain an ‘excellent understanding of the world’ with an ‘exciting’ range of activities and excellent support from staff.
Inspectors said: “Children form very close friendships with other children and close bonds with staff. They are exceptionally well behaved.
“All staff are trained in child protection and are extremely vigilant in their supervision of the children.
“The pre-school manager uses her outstanding knowledge and understanding of how children learn to influence and achieve high quality staff practice and drive improvement.”
Chairman of governors Anthea Martin-Jenkins said the team was delighted with the result: “This reflects supervisor Sharon Hill’s high quality leadership, and the commitment of the whole team to the school and to the children.”