Children are happy at early years centre

Forest School Leaders Dawn White and Sue Evans with their pupils outside the school

Picture: Habibur Rahman (180146-338)

Delight as Gosport nursery is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted

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AN EARLY years centre with strong leadership and happy children has been rated good by Ofsted inspectors.

Staff at St Vincent Early Years Centre in Gosport were praised for meeting individual needs of youngsters and giving them opportunities to develop their independence.

Inspector Christine Clint said: ‘Children are keen to attend and they enter the nursery with enthusiasm.

‘They are learning to self-register by using their names and pictures and transferring these when they arrive.

‘Children have free choice and can select resources. They have ample space in the older age rooms and can use the low level baskets of construction equipment or cars.

‘(Children) welcome each other by name, through repeated singing which includes each child’s name. Children dance to music indoors, they learn rhythm and expression and they show eagerness and enjoyment.’

She added: ‘The nursery is improving outcomes for all children attending. Children are developing well in relation to their starting points and staff are taking effective steps to close identified achievement gaps.’

St Vincent is managed by the charitable Children’s Work Director of South East Hampshire Young Men’s Christian Association, and currently has 102 children from four months to five years on roll.