December 10 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, August 29, 2013
A Belton play school has slipped from good to satisfactory, Ofsted inspectors have ruled.
The Children’s Centre, in Moorland Way, has 54 youngsters aged up to eight on its books. It was paid a visit by Ofsted on July 18, and lead inspector Jacqueline Mason had much praise for the centre.
She wrote: “Children are supported well in their transition to school. As a result, they move on to school confidently.
“Staff have trusting and friendly relationships with parents. They are actively encouraged to share what they know about their child and are kept informed about their child’s achievements and progress. Partnerships with other professionals are well-established.
“This ensures a good level of support for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities.”
But she said The Children’s Centre is falling short in other areas.
And it must meet a list of targets if it is to reach the standard of good - which is next in the Ofsted ranking scheme.
She wrote: “The progress check for children at age two is not fully implemented because parents are not consistently provided with a written summary of their child’s development in the prime areas of learning.
“Some of the languages spoken by children are not reflected in the displays and other resources provided at the nursery.
“As a result, opportunities to extend children’s use of their home language are not always fully maximised. Some adult-led activities are over-directed. This means that children are not always able to explore activities or select and use resources independently.”
The nursery, which was founded in 2008, employs 14 members of childcare staff.