Youngsters at an on outstanding village preschool benefit from inspirational and exciting teaching, Ofsted found.

Inspector Sarah Rhodes reached the conclusion after a visit to Kelsall Preschool and Klub on Flat Lane, Kelsall which has not previously been assessed.

The group was registered in 2012 having operated as Kelsall Pre-school since 1973 and runs in the grounds of Kelsall Primary School.

The preschool and the out-of-school club employs 14 child care staff and there are 116 youngsters on roll.

During her visit the inspector observed the quality of teaching taking place indoors and outdoors and assessed the impact this had on the children’s learning.

Other activities included a joint observation with the nursery manager, scrutinising records and taking account of the views of parents.

Effective leadership

Finding the group was ‘outstanding’ overall she believed the same applied to the effectiveness of the leadership and management, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment, the children’s personal development, behaviour and welfare and the outcomes for the youngsters.

The inspector described the management team as ‘very well organised with an excellent understanding of the early years foundation stage and other government requirements’.

They inspire their staff to constantly review their approach and instil a drive to continually improve.

Teaching and assessment is carefully monitored and staff ensure children are making maximum progress in line with their abilities.

Teaching is described as ‘outstanding, inspirational and exciting’ and the youngsters are exceptionally well challenged.

They become confident and inquisitive learners who enjoy investigating and experimenting, concentrate well and listen intently.

Vibrant range of activities

Staff are ‘meticulous’ in planning a vibrant range of activities and the children are ‘exceptionally well prepared’ for the next stage of their learning.

The indoor and outdoor areas at the preschool provide ‘inspirational’ learning surroundings and children play outside whatever the weather.

They develop a deep appreciation of nature, learn to manage risks and develop a very healthy attitude to exercise.

Their behaviour is very well managed and they show kindness to their friends and understanding of rules.

All the youngster, including disabled children and those with special educational needs, make very good progress from their starting points.