The Lodge Pre-School opened in September 2017 with the aim of providing a safe and stimulating environment where parents are safe in the knowledge that their child is being cared for by dedicated professionals whose focus is to enhance a child“s development and understanding so that they are ready to embrace schooling life with confidence and enthusiasm.
The extension of the Government Free childcare entitlement from 15 — 30 hours for 3 & 4 year olds put alot of nurseries under a huge strain both practically and financially, resulting in many nurseries not being able to offer the additional hours.
On the 16th November 2018, a full OFSTED inspection was carried out at The Lodge and we are delighted that the inspector reported us Good in all areas. The inspector made the following observations.
'The manager and staff build strong partnerships with parents and inform them of their child's key person'
'Staff effectively support children's positive emotional well-being'
'Staff create a warm and welcoming environment for children and their families'
'Staff are vigilant, well deployed and complete thorough daily risk assessment to help ensure the premises is well secure'
'Staff know and understand the children well. They use observations and information from parents to carry out accurate developmental assessments of children and identify their starting points'
'Staff monitor childrens learning and plan interesting and challenging learning experiences to help them achieve positive outcomes.'
'The manager effectively evaluates the provision and identifies areas that require development to strengthen the quality of teaching.'
The inspection highlighted two areas in which we could improve.
'Staff do not always recognise when they need to adapt activities to help enhance children learning experiences to an even higher level. For example, at times they do not ensure children have enough space to expand their play'.
A joint observation between the Manager and Inspector was carried out, this highlighted that although the children and staff were fully engaged with fantastic learning opportunities the activity at times seemed 'overcrowded'. A way to overcome this would be to extend the activity, for example over a larger play area or with varying resources. This has been fully communicated and discussed with all staff and implemented immediately. We have also purchased additional cushions and play matts to extend play areas and have also relocated more popular activities to ensure space isn't limited.
'At times, staff do not help younger children to understand what is going to happen next to provide a smooth transition between some routines'.
The inspector observed that some children became a little confused when transitioning between activities or indoor/outdoor spaces.
The purchasing of sand timers have helped the children to visually see when play is coming to an end, ensuring all children have equal play opportunities.
Read our full report by visiting www.reports.ofsted.gov.uk