Pre-school earns another Ofsted 'outstanding'
Jack and Jill Pre-school in Westbury-on-Trym are celebrating their third consecutive ‘Outstanding’ grading from Ofsted. Their Early Years provision was judged to be ‘Outstanding’ in all areas of the inspection.
Managing director of the pre-school based on Falcondale Road, Claire Hollingdale, said: “I am so thrilled that once again our commitment to providing high quality childcare has been acknowledged by Ofsted. Having served well over 600 families in the Westbury area, I am really proud of our provision and feel privileged to be part of this legacy.”
In the report the inspector, Champa Miah, stated that ‘Managers have a very strong ambition to ensure all children meet their full potential’. She was particularly impressed by the nursery’s commitment to mindfulness and achieving a growth mindset. She commented, ‘the mindfulness ethos benefits everyone’s wellbeing’ and ‘children develop positive attitudes to learning’ and ‘are prepared extremely well for their next stage in learning’. She also said that, ‘the children behave exceptionally well’ and ‘show great respect for their friends’.
Jack and Jill introduced mindfulness over two years ago and have found it to be a helpful part of the children’s routine. The main benefits are that it increases positivity and helps improve emotional regulation. Claire explained: “We have found that it helps young children strengthen their self-control and really helps them manage their emotions, particularly in the modern world which can be so overwhelming and over stimulating for young children.”
Under the new inspection framework the progress of all children is inspected. The report states that at Jack and Jill ‘children with special educational needs and/or disabilities and disadvantaged children, make exceptional progress in their learning’.
Valerie Paisey, Childcare Director and SEND coordinator said: “We strive to ensure all children make progress including our SEND and disadvantaged children who are excelling in our environment. The key is knowing the children well, identifying gaps in development and putting early interventions in place quickly.”
The Ofsted inspector visited the setting and spent most of the day observing the quality of teaching as well as speaking to parents. The inspector also sampled documentation and records and completed a joint evaluation with the manager. She interviewed individual staff and commented on how the ‘staff know the children extraordinarily well and use the individual interests of the child as the basis to support their learning.’