Top marks from Ofsted: Outstanding work, kids

Children and teachers at Ashes Pre-School celebrate Ofsted's Outstanding judgement
Children and teachers at Ashes Pre-School celebrate Ofsted's Outstanding judgement

A pre-school has been awarded a second, consecutive Outstanding Ofsted judgement.

Little Ashes in Great Brickhill were given a suprise inspection on June 24.

The inspector spent a whole morning observing and joining in with the variety of activities taking place during the session including children involved with cooking, playing in our builder’s yard in the Let’s Pretend area, water play, play dough, using the computer as well as time spent over at the park using resources from the shed.

A few weeks later the result confirmed the Outstanding Judgement, a result that the staff, management committee, parents and children are all extremely proud of.

Nicola Renson, pre-school leader, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have achieved a second consecutive Outstanding grade.

“This is truly a reflection of the hard work and dedication that all of the staff and committee put into providing quality childcare in a pre-school setting.”

The report included the following comments:

‘The shared vision of high-quality teaching means children receive exemplary care in an inspirational learning environment’

‘Children’s social skills are exceptionally good. They cooperate and negotiate successfully during play, and are exceptionally well behaved, kind and helpful.’

‘Staff extensively encourage children to develop their independence skills...Staff are very positive role models and continually praise children for their efforts.’

‘…children make rapid progress from their starting points…staff foster children’s skills as effective learners and, consequently, children are extremely well prepared to move on to school.’