Pre-school group is top of the class

A NORTH Northumberland pre-school has been labelled ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted inspectors.

Ten children currently attend Little Acorns Pre-School, based in the village hall at South Charlton.

They benefit from an ‘extremely caring and supportive relationship’ within the pre-school and as a result are making ‘excellent progress in their overall learning and development’, inspectors say.

Little Acorns benefits from surrounding woodland and gardens and the children spend much of their time outdoors, whatever the weather.

Inspectors describe the outdoor area as ‘superb’ and claim it provides the kids with ‘real opportunities and freedom to explore, investigate and learn.’ The children feel ‘extremely secure and very welcome’ says the report and staff ‘clearly know the children in their charge very well and confidently describe their needs and stages of development’.

Staff are ‘highly motivated’ while being responsive to the needs of individual children, inspectors say.

While the children themselves are considered to be extremely confident in expressing themselves, dress themselves skilfully, learn about their local community and have a ‘positive identity and real sense of belonging’.

The inspectors highlighted the children’s progress in communication and language skills, their use of descriptive language and their active learning and critical thinking, and said that the children display great pride in their achievements.

They also have ‘fantastic opportunities’ to discover the natural world and are extremely confident and physically assured.

Inspectors also said that the ‘first class experiences and optimal challenges’ that the children gain help them to ‘develop significant skills for future success’.

Sue Courty, pre-school leader, said: “We are delighted by the report and we genuinely believe Little Acorns offers something very different.

“What is particularly nice is that as well as having a lovely time in the years they spend with us, our children then go on to achieve extremely well in their first schools.”