Nursery retains its ‘Good’ Ofsted grade

CO 160315 Rainbow Pre-school celebrates Good Ofsted report. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150316-115411001
CO 160315 Rainbow Pre-school celebrates Good Ofsted report. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150316-115411001

A nursery has retained its ‘Good’ Ofsted rating.

The inspectorate published its report on Rainbow Pre-school, which is based in Southgate Primary School, on February 23.

It stated children at the nursery in Barrington Road behaved well and made good progress in preparation for school. Manager Pam Ross, 59, said: “The standards have been raised to get ‘Good’.

“There’s a lot of work that goes into it.

“It’s the quality of the staff that we have here. They are exceptional and work very hard.”

The nursery has 66 children on roll. Hannah Barter inspected it on February 23.

Her report stated: “Staff plan and provide a varied range of activities that come from children’s interests. Consequently, children remain engaged, are motivated to learn and make good progress in preparation for school.

“Children display high levels of confidence and have strong relationships with all of the staff. They seek them out for support if needed but are content while playing independently.

“Children benefit from a well-developed outdoor area, which provides them with ample space to run and develop their physical skills. This supports their healthy lifestyles.

“The management team is committed to improving the provision for children. They monitor children’s progress, identify professional development for staff and clearly identify areas for improvement to benefit children.

“Staff have good relationships with parents. They communicate with parents using a variety of ways and always make themselves available to discuss their children’s development. This enables parents to be involved in their children’s learning.”

Pam Ross did not fully agree with the report’s recommendations for the nursery to achieve Ofsted’s highest grade, ‘Outstanding’. The report stated staff did not always give children individual support when using computers. Pam said the inspector was observing another part of the nursery at the time the support was given.