Nursery gets top marks from Ofsted

A FELIXSTOWE pre-school is celebrating after achieving top marks in every section of its inspection.

A FELIXSTOWE pre-school is celebrating after achieving top marks in every section of its inspection.

Ofsted inspectors graded the Busy Bees as “outstanding” and of exceptionally high quality in all 14 areas they examined.

The private pre-school caters for 25 children at St Philip's Church Hall, Wadgate Road, opening five days a week.

Owner Gail Lewis, who this year gained her BA honours degree in early learning, said she was thrilled with inspection result.

“Also this year we have gained key practitioner status, which means other groups come into our setting to see our good practice,” she said.

Ofsted looks at all aspects of the operation of the pre-school - including its overall effectiveness, leadership and management, care of the children, its partnership with parents, and how the children are helped to develop skills, to enjoy and achieve, and be healthy.

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In her report, inspector Moira Oliver said: “Children flourish in the inspirational provision and, as a result, make significant gains in their learning.

“They are happy, confident and settle well, building close relationships with the staff, their key person and their peers.

“Children are creative and role play is enhanced by the exceptionally well resourced area which changes as the children's interests develop.

“The setting provides a relaxed, calming environment where children are valued and behave well. They understand what is expected of them and staff use appropriate strategies to promote positive behaviour.”

She said children were extremely motivated to learn, developing independence and becoming skilled communicators, confident in use of mathematical language and technology, using a computer and CD player.

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