Village pre-school secures a glowing report by Ofsted

Staff and children at Little Acorns Pre-School celebrate the outstanding Ofsted report. Picture by Andrew S Gray.
Staff and children at Little Acorns Pre-School celebrate the outstanding Ofsted report. Picture by Andrew S Gray.

A village pre-school has chalked up more success after receiving an outstanding Ofsted rating for the second time in a row.

Little Acorns Pre-School, which is based in South Charlton Village Hall, was deemed to be top of the class, following the inspection earlier this month,

It means that the facility has maintained its high standards after it was given the same ranking – the highest possible – last time round, in February 2011.

Eleven children currently attend Little Acorns and the establishment’s leaders, Sue Courty and Sue Gothorp, were delighted with the report.

Sue Courty said: “We genuinely believe Little Acorns offers something very unique. What is particularly rewarding 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.”

Within the glowing report, Ofsted inspector Janet Fairhurst picked out many aspects for praise.

She described the staff as ‘highly motivated’ and ‘committed to providing high-quality care and inspirational learning for the children’, as well as creating a ‘secure, safe and wonderful learning environment’ which focuses on the ‘children’s interest and builds their skills and knowledge’.

The inspector praised the ‘highly-effective teaching of early reading and writing skills’ and says that the children are extremely well prepared for the next stage of their education.

Youngsters attending Little Acorns benefit from the site’s surrounding woodland and gardens. They spend the majority of their time outdoors, whatever the weather.

The inspector added that the ‘children’s natural curiosity and exploratory instincts are very well fostered, as their surroundings supply endlessly fascinating challenges’ and she praised the outdoor environment for being ‘highly stimulating’, providing ‘exceptional levels of challenge’.