Footsteps Maple Cross Ofsted Visit
OFSTED report praises children’s learning progress
“Parents and carers speak positively about the pre-school and staff. They say their children settle quickly and have a close attachment to their key person. Parents say their children enjoy attending”
Following an inspection in October, Footsteps Maple Cross is proud to receive a “Good” Ofsted report across all areas.
The report stated that “Children settle quickly and demonstrate they feel happy at the pre-school. They are greeted warmly by their key person and they respond positively to their nurturing attention. Children have lots of opportunities to choose where they want to play and especially enjoy being outside. The children are kept safe and secure through stringent health and safety procedures and a good understanding of how to keep themselves safe.”
The inspector highlighted the outside learning opportunities as a major strength of the nursery.
We are proud that our team is made up of caring and dedicated practitioners. The inspector noted “The staff team is strong and turnover is very low. Staff receive regular coaching and supervision from the managers. They access many different training courses and undertake qualifications. Staff talk positively of the impact these professional development opportunities have on their practice.” This helps promote a highly positive atmosphere where children and staff feel secure, valued and happy.
The Report continued “Staff gain in-depth information from parents about children’s early experiences, and what they can already do, when they start to attend the pre-school. The quickly identify children’s starting points in learning and look for ways to build on children’s skills and experiences.
We are dedicated to providing a wide array of resources and equipment which are effectively implemented to support the promotion of learning and development. We strive to support individual children’s ideas and interests ensuring the children make good progress towards the early learning goals. We were thrilled that ALL children were noted as making good progress.
OFSTED reported “They show they are beginning to understand numbers as they compare the amount of ticks against each picture. Children enjoy being creative using paint, glue and collage materials. They show great determination to succeed at tasks, such as using scissors to carefully snip and are beginning to learn how to cut out pictures. Children are also learning how to develop healthy lifestyles, such as the importance of exercise.”
We were so proud of our children during the inspection. The inspector commented “Children are learning how to make friends; they share toys and resources very well. The children’s behaviour is good.”
We would like to say well done to all the staff and parents who helped to achieve this glowing report.