Ofsted reports

We're over the moon that Ofsted visited Overton Preschool in October 2018 and rated the setting as Outstanding in all areas. This means that both of our settings now have the same high rating. Teaching is highly effective and responsive to children's needs. Staff plan activities closely linked to children's interests, such as making rockets when the children have an interest in the stars. They also noted that communication between parents, professionals and staff is highly effective.

 

We’re also thrilled that Ofsted rated Overton Playgroup as Outstanding across all areas inspected.  The inspector noted that our staff members act as wonderful role models for the children and that children are extremely well prepared for school.  She was impressed with how we work with parents by promptly sharing valuable insights with them and planning ways to meet individual needs and challenge children appropriately.

Preschool - key findings

The inspector highlighted a number of key points:

  • The teaching is of a very high standard. Staff skilfully support and extend all children's learning.

  • Staff provide a highly stimulating environment to develop children's curiosity. For example, children show great interest as they grow and harvest herbs and vegetables, smell them and add them to their 'soups'. 

  • Children are well behaved and know safe and unsafe behaviours.

  • Teaching is highly effective and responsive to children's needs. Staff plan activities closely linked to children's interests, such as making rockets when the children have an interest in the stars. Staff use a variety of teaching methods to engage the children in activities, to ensure children make rapid progress.

  • Children are curious and motivated learners, and keen to join in with a wide range of activities. They confidently make independent choices and choose where they play. For example, they use real tools safely and persevere as they learn new skills, such as drilling holes in the pumpkin and using a hammer to bang in pegs.

  • Children concentrate well at their activities and develop strong literacy and mathematical skills.

  • Staff skilfully develop children's language, using group activities to introduce new vocabulary and the rhythm of talk and songs.

  • Each child's key person liaises very closely with parents about children's progress, which ensures parents feel valued and included in their children's learning.

  • Staff use an exceptional range of resources that actively challenges children's language development. 

  • The management team has an ambitious vision and high expectations, which support ongoing development to improve outcomes for every child. 

  • The staff are well qualified and they work well together in organising the provision to make sure it meets the needs of all children extremely well.

  • The staff team works exceptionally well with other professionals and it provides effective support to identify and address the children's needs. 

Playgroup - key findings

The inspector highlighted a number of key points:

  • The manager ensures that staff inspire children through exceptionally good teaching and rich, diverse opportunities for indoor and outdoor play.

  • Children behave extremely well. Staff teach them clear rules to help them play and work together.

  • Children teach each other with enormous respect and value highly each other's ideas and choices.

  • All children, including those with special educational needs, make outstanding progress from their starting points.

  • Children greatly enjoy the superb opportunities to develop physical skills outdoors.

  • Children are extremely confident and self-assured and their personal needs are incredibly well met.

  • Children are imaginative and creative in their plans for constructions, and persistent in achieving what they set out to do.

  • Staff have a secure knowledge of how to pretect children from harm.

  • Staff prepare children particularly well for school, working closely with local childminders and teachers to ensure children are ready for the change.

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