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Hornchurch pre-school achieves outstanding Ofsted report

PUBLISHED: 07:00 29 May 2018

Staff and children at the Nelmes Park pre-school celebrating being awarded an Outstanding OFSTED

Staff and children at the Nelmes Park pre-school celebrating being awarded an Outstanding OFSTED

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A Hornchurch pre-school where teaching was decribed as being “inspirational” has achieved an outstanding in its latest Ofsted report.

Staff and children at the Nelmes Park pre-school celebrating being awarded an Outstanding OFSTEDStaff and children at the Nelmes Park pre-school celebrating being awarded an Outstanding OFSTED

Nelmes Pre-School based in the United Reformed Church Hall in Emerson Park currently has around 70 children being taught and was visited by inspectors in March.

In September 2013 the school had previously been rated as ‘good’ but now five years later it was rated as ‘oustanding’ in all areas including: Effectiveness of the leadership and management, Quality of teaching, learning and assessment, personal development, behaviour and welfare, and outcomes for children.

Several highlights from the Ofsted report included “inspirational” teaching, children’s behaviour was described as “impeccable” and resources at the school are “outstanding.

The report states: “Staff have an excellent commitment to involving every parent in all parts of their children’s learning. They give them an abundance of information to enable parents to successfully guide their children’s learning at home. Parents rate the pre-school extremely highly in their feedback.

Staff and children at the Nelmes Park pre-school celebrating being awarded an Outstanding OFSTEDStaff and children at the Nelmes Park pre-school celebrating being awarded an Outstanding OFSTED

„”Children’s behaviour is impeccable.

“They have great regard for the rules of the preschool. Children play collaboratively together and respect each other’s views.

“The provider precisely identifies programmes of professional development for staff.

“This has a significantly positive impact on teaching and learning.

“The quality of the resources is outstanding. Staff expertly use them to great effect to complement and enhance children’s already first-rate knowledge and skills.

“Children are exceptionally well prepared for their move to school.

“Staff evaluate children’s progress with teachers at the local school to help ensure children start school with all the skills they need, including outstanding independence and social skills.

“Staff have an exceptionally strong commitment to working with other professionals.

“This benefits children greatly because staff use the advice of other agencies to help narrow gaps in children’s learning rapidly.

“Teaching is inspirational. Staff support every child to achieve the best possible outcomes, including the most and less able children.”

There was one area that the school could improve on and it was to “enhance the already outstanding teaching to build even further on children’s ability to

recognise their own achievements and abilities and monitor the impact of this on children’s outcomes.”

Cheryl Kelly is the owner of the pre-school and took it over in 2013.

She told the Recorder: “I took the setting over from a long term owner and apart from our initial change of ownership Ofsted Inspection within my first six moths of owning the setting this was our first real test of how we are performing.

“To achieve outstanding is a huge achievement for us and all staff are committed and work as hard as they possibly can to ensure the children are stimulated, challenged and enjoy coming to pre-school.”

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