A VILLAGE nursery and preschool had a ‘good’ report from Ofsted.
The finding followed an inspection of the Sandy Bears Nursery and Preschool which meets in The Old School House on Tattenhall High Street. The nursery has 46 children on roll.
It also runs a breakfast and after-school club during term time and a holiday club during school holidays.
Aspects of the group were all said to be good with the contribution to the children’s well-being described as ‘outstanding’.
The youngsters enjoy ‘rich, varied and imaginative experiences’ according to inspector Ron Goldsmith, provided by staff who have ‘very high’ expectations of themselves and the children, expert knowledge of the areas of learning and a clear understanding of how children learn.
The children are ‘very happy, motivated’ and have ’high levels’ of independence, curiosity and imagination.
The ‘high quality’ indoor and outdoor surroundings provides the children with an ‘interesting and stimulating’ range of activities which involves the youngsters and builds on their natural curiosity and interests. Teaching is strong for all children, including the very youngest, suggests the inspector and they are ‘engaged and captivated’ in meaningful play activity.
The outdoor surroundings have been improved to include interesting learning opportunities for the children and they are well supported and valued.
Parents receive periodic reports and are invited to stay-and-play sessions.
Interaction between the staff and every child is ‘exceptionally strong’ and this is ‘exemplary’ in relation to the very youngest children.