Pre-school retains ‘Good’ rating

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A pre-school has retained its ‘Good’ rating following a Ofsted inspection.

The inspectorate said Piglits Pre-School in Waterlea, Furnace Green, needed to better help children develop independent and healthy eating habits to be ‘Outstanding’.

Inspector Hannah Barter visited the pre-school, which has ten children on its roll and operates from the Scout headquarters.

Her report, which was published on December 31, stated it was not ‘Outstanding’ because: “Opportunities are occasionally missed during snack time to fully promote children’s independence and self-help skills.

“Children’s knowledge and understanding of the importance of healthy eating, fruits and vegetables is no confirmed or challenged through purposeful discussion or questioning.”

Debbie Oaks, who runs the school with Rosie Masters, said: “We’ve consistently had ‘Good’ Ofsted reports - we are really pleased that we’ve maintained that.”

She said healthy eating displays had been covered up during the visit because of the Christmas season.

She added not speaking to the children about healthy eating was a “missed opportunity”.

The report also stated: “Planning very much depends on the individual child and their interests which motivates children to learn.

“Children behave very well because staff are good role models.”