HEYSIDE Pre-school has been judged to be ‘good’ across all areas after its latest Ofsted inspection.
Based in St Mark’s Church Hall, Heyside, the school employs seven members of staff and has capacity for 40 youngsters, aged two to four years old.
It was inspected on April 19, 2018 and previously inspected on March 20, 2015 when it also received a ‘good’ grading in:
• Effectiveness of leadership and management
• Quality of teaching, learning
• Personal development,
behaviour and welfare
• Outcomes for children
The report says Heyside Pre-school is not yet outstanding because: “Occasionally, group activities are too long in duration and children begin to lose their concentration towards the end.
“Sometimes, staff do not always offer challenges to the most able children.”
However, the report adds: “Staff are positive role models and know children well.
“They are kind and children respond well to their sensitive and nurturing approach. Children are emotionally secure.
“The manager is enthusiastic and sets high expectations. She is experienced and uses her knowledge well to create a safe and stimulating environment that captures children’s interest.
“Staff performance is monitored and contributes to informing a programme of professional development.”
It added: “Strong partnerships with parents and other professionals help to support a shared approach to children’s learning and their individual care.”
The pre-school opens Monday to Friday from 8am to 3pm, term-time only. It provides funded early education for two, three and four-year-old children.