Northern Pre-School in Fareham receives requires improvement following recent Ofsted inspection

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The manager of a pre-school in Fareham has been ‘working to address weaknesses identified’ and has clear aims to improve the setting’s Ofsted rating following its recent inspection.

Northern Pre-School, located in Richmond Rise, has receievd a requires improvement Ofsted rating following its latest inspection which took place on March 11, 2024. The inspection found that the children ‘confidently enter the pre-school and are keen to explore the stimulating learning environment’. The Ofsted report said: “Children confidently enter the pre-school and are keen to explore the stimulating learning environment that staff provide for them. They know where to find the resources they like. Children independently make choices about what to do and where to play.

Northern Pre-School has received a requires improvement Ofsted rating following its recent inspection.Northern Pre-School has received a requires improvement Ofsted rating following its recent inspection.
Northern Pre-School has received a requires improvement Ofsted rating following its recent inspection. | Google

“Children show they feel safe and secure with the attentive staff - they listen attentively to what staff say to support their learning about mathematical concepts. Staff help children look carefully at different shapes as they explore the creative resources.”

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The report also found that the pre-school ‘staff ensure children have support to develop into confident communicators’ and ‘they readily identify when children may need more help to practise their communication skills.’ Children also benefit from ‘long uninterrupted periods to get deeply involved as they play’ and the manager has changed the daily routine to ‘promote children's engagement in their play and learning’. The report added: “The new manager has been working to address weaknesses identified. She has clear aims for the pre-school curriculum, using knowledge of the skills children need to move on in their education. There is a strong focus on supporting children's emotional development, for instance. Children benefit from staff who help them to identify and manage their emotions effectively.

“The manager has made positive changes to the communication system betweenstaff and parents. This ensures parents are fully informed about their children's time at the pre-school. Staff build effective partnerships with parents and external professionals involved in children's care. This supports good continuity for their care and learning.”

A spokesperson for Northern Pre-School said: “We are very pleased with the positive feedback received following our latest Ofsted inspection. We particularly welcome the inspector’s praise for our strong safeguarding knowledge and curriculum offer, and their findings that children feel safe and secure in the setting.

 “Unfortunately, due to a procedural issue relating to governance, the pre-school was downgraded to ‘requires improvement’. This is in line with Ofsted’s standard practice where there are such procedural issues. However, as recognised by Ofsted itself, this has not at any point affected the safety and wellbeing of our children and nor does this reflect the many wider positive findings outlined in the report. We can confirm that the issue has already been rectified and measures put in place to ensure that there are no such further issues in the future.

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“We have informed parents of the outcome and the actions taken and want to thank them for their continued support.”

The report aslo found that the safeguarding measures are effective and there is a strong culture of keeping children safe. ‘There is an open and positive culture around safeguarding that puts children's interests first.’ The inspection found that: “The committee has not informed Ofsted about changes to committee members. This means that Ofsted has been unable to complete the appropriate checks on individuals associated with the pre-school to ensure their suitability. Recruitment of committee members has not been conducted in accordance with policies. However, committee members are not involved in the day to day running of or education of children in the pre-school. This breach does not currently have a significant impact on children's welfare.”

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