Ofsted rates The Old School House as ‘Outstanding’
We are very proud that The Old School House is rated outstanding in every area by Ofsted. Here’s what the inspectors say about the care we provide for our children.
Helping children to be healthy
Ofsted says: “Children enjoy a wide range of activities that support their physical development and keep them in good health. They love to play outdoors in all weathers. They use large climbing equipment, play throwing and catching games, spend time gardening and ride on wheeled toys. This ensures children develop an all round healthy lifestyle.”
Protecting children from harm or neglect and helping them stay safe
Ofsted says: “The premises are secure and there are excellent procedures for arrival and departure. Visitors cannot access the building with staff knowing. Staff carry out daily and weekly checks of the premises and resources to ensure children’s safety. Staff are very vigilant and their excellent awareness of child protection issues safeguards children’s welfare.”
Helping children achieve well and enjoy what they do
Ofsted says: “Children are extremely happy, confident and independent. Staff encourage children to play together and share. Constant praise and encouragement develops children’s self-esteem. Children relate exceptionally well to each other and learn important social skills, such as sharing and being kind. Staff are very warm and gentle making children feel secure and valued.”
Ofsted says: “The quality of teaching and learning is outstanding. Staff have an excellent understanding of how children develop and learn. The children are extremely independent and their social skills are superb. Children develop close relationships evident in the way they hold hands and play together. Children develop a positive attitude to learning because staff are enthusiastic and make learning fun.”
Helping children make a positive contribution
Ofsted says: “Children behave beautifully. Staff praise children by telling them how much they like the way children do things such as putting up their hands. Children take responsibility and staff trust them to carry out tasks such as sweeping the floor or cleaning the tables. This gives children independence and ensures they understand the need to look after their environment. Children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is fostered.
“The partnership with parents and carers is outstanding. Parents receive detailed information about the nursery through the prospectus, a welcome pack and regular newsletters. Parents are exceptionally pleased with the level of care and education their children receive. They happily recommend the nursery to friends and colleagues.”
Ofsted says: “Leadership and management are outstanding. Management are incredibly proactive and are constantly evaluating practice. They have a clear vision of what they want to achieve and put together action plans to help them reach their goals. Continuous monitoring of the teaching and the careful evaluation of activities enables staff to enhance the learning experiences for children.”