Saplings Nursery and Pre-School Celebrates Good Ofsted Grade

Saplings Nursery and Pre-School is celebrating after achieving a “Good” grade across all areas at its recent Ofsted inspection.

The pre-school and nursery opened in its new setting in Court Lane, Hadlow on the 6th September 2018, and welcomed Ofsted’s team on the 4th December 2019.

The inspection team found that the staff “provide a wealth of resources, indoors and outdoors, to help children move on to their next stage of their learning”. The report notes that the children “have close relationships with staff and feel secure and confident in the nursery” and that they are “constantly engaged and receive positive interaction from staff.”

It goes on to highlight communication and language as a strong area, with children “confidently using different forms of communication to express their needs” and “older children using complex language to question each other's ideas and discuss their findings.”

Inspectors praised the “effective partnerships with parents and other professionals….providing a consistent approach to supporting children's ongoing welfare and learning.” Staff were seen to “go the extra mile to support parents outside the setting by accompanying them to visit other professionals, to help meet children's additional needs.”

The report noted that Saplings “supports children's life skills and the exploration of local facilities” by offering a good range of opportunities to experience interactions in different social settings outside of the home. These included exploring nature trails, experiencing lambing and visiting local shops and amenities.

Lindsay Pamphilon, Group Vice Principal - Quality, Standards and Performance, said: “We are delighted with this outcome. To have Ofsted recognise the passion of the team in providing a positive experience for all our children is hugely rewarding. I’m also very proud that the report recognises our commitment to our relationships with parents - and the efforts we make to involve them in all aspects of their child’s education.”

The full report is available on the Ofsted website.

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