the setting needs to do to improve further
The very well experienced staff demonstrate an exceptional understanding of how to support children's needs and interests. A range of activities and learning opportunities motivate and inspire children to learn because teaching is exceptional. Children make decisions about where they wish to play as they access an outstanding and well-resourced indoor and outdoor environment. Staff know the children extremely well and gather information from parents about their children's needs, abilities and interests from home visits and 'all about me' documents. They build on the children's interests and all children make superb progress in relation to their starting points. Staff use their assessments to plan meaningful activities that promote children's development extremely well. The supervisor recognises the value of ensuring that each child's voice is heard. However, there is scope to enhance the contribution that children can make to evaluating their own learning. Parents play a very important role in their children's development and staff encourage this by providing opportunities for the children to extend their learning at home.
The key-person arrangements are highly effective. Staff work very closely with parents to help children to develop secure attachments. This is highly successful and fully supports children's emotional well-being. Staff are excellent role models. They have high expectations and successfully support children to take turns, share and play cooperatively. Children play with a wealth of activities in the outdoor play area that promote their physical skills, creativity, literacy and mathematical development. Staff actively encourage children to be independent. Children enjoy preparing the snack, cutting up the scones and adding butter and jam, promoting hand-to-eye coordination. Children have a thorough understanding about healthy foods and talk about which fruit and vegetables are good for them.
Leadership is inspirational. Well-qualified staff have an excellent understanding of the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Clear policies and procedures ensure children are safe and well cared for. Robust risk assessments are in place. Staff are highly effective in continually driving improvements to maintain excellence in every aspect of the provision. High qualifications and access to further training enables staff to use their expert knowledge to provide rich and varied experiences for all children. Highly successful arrangements are in place to observe and check staff's performance, ensuring consistently high-quality practice. The supervisor models outstanding practice to other staff and positively supports staff in their professional development. All staff are involved in evaluating practice and have a relentless drive to improve further. Parents are very positive about the pre-school and comment on the superb progress their children make.
Needingworth Community Pre-School opened in 1978 and operates from the community room within the school grounds. It is situated in the village of Holywell Cum Needingworth. The group is open each weekday, dependent upon demand. From 8.50am to 11.50am and 12.20pm to 3.20pm during term time only. The group offers a lunch club from 11.50am to 12.20pm each day. The setting receives funding free early years education for three and four-year-old children. The pre-school currently supports children with special educational needs and/or disabilities. The pre-school employs six members of staff, all of whom hold appropriate early years qualifications. There are links with the host school.
This inspection was carried out by Ofsted under sections 49 and 50 of the Childcare Act 2006 on the quality and standards of provision that is registered on the Early Years Register. The registered person must ensure that this provision complies with the statutory framework for children’s learning, development and care, known as the Early Years Foundation Stage.
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