Telford nursery rated as good by Ofsted

A Telford nursery is celebrating after being rated as good by Ofsted inspectors.

The Little Chicks Pre-School website
The Little Chicks Pre-School website

Little Chicks Pre-School in Shawbirch, was originally run as a charity but was taken over and turned into a limited company by Angela Taylor in August 2014.

It has just received a good rating, following a visit from Ofsted.

Ms Taylor said she is delighted to see that, despite huge changes taking place, the nursery is still maintaining its high standards.

She said: “It was really good, we’re pleased with all the feedback, reading the report itself is better than getting the good rating.

“We were particularly pleased with the parts about the way staff interact with the children, we very much liked that bit.

Read the full Ofsted report on Little Chicks Pre-School here

“Now we want to get better and better and continue to work with children and their families.

“We’re very lucky that we have good relationships with the local schools and health visitors.”

Inspectors visited the pre-school at Shawbirch Community Centre on October 10.

A report into the visit said: “The manager and staff know the children very well.

“Staff plan a wide range of interesting and challenging play opportunities and activities, to support children’s next steps in learning. All children make good progress from their starting points.

“Staff place a strong emphasis on supporting children to develop language and communication skills. They help children to practise making different mouth movements and encourage them to repeat words back to them. This helps children to develop speech and supports children who are learning to speak English as an additional language.

“Children show they are emotionally secure and settle quickly into the calm, learning environment.

“Staff are very kind and caring towards the children and have an in-depth knowledge of each child’s needs. They work together closely with parents to make sure every child settles in quickly and is safe and happy at pre-school.

“The manager and staff work effectively to help ensure that all aspects of the provision meet the needs of the children.

“They identify the strengths and weaknesses accurately and focus on improving the outcomes for children and parents.”

Ofsted said it is still not an outstanding nursery as more needs to be done to involve parents in their children’s learning and that staff need to do more to make the most of opportunities to share and use other languages spoken by children.

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