Norfolk pre-school ranked as outstanding by Ofsted

A Norfolk pre-school is celebrating with cake and balloons after being deemed outstanding by Ofsted.

Newton Flotman pre-school, based in the village centre, was praised for its delivery of teaching and quality of care it provided for children.

Leading childcare practitioner Glennis Holmes said: 'We are over the moon about our Ofsted report. It's lovely. We worked really hard together. The report echoed that we work with parents.'

The pre-school was noted for its understanding of other cultures.

The report stated: 'Staff promote the wider world well, providing positive images of culture, disability and gender.

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'Staff often use children's experiences as a basis for this – for example, activities have been planned around Australia as a child is emigrating there soon. As a result, children are developing positive attitudes towards others.'

Ofsted found the facilities to be very good, including the outdoor canopy which allows children to play outside in all weathers.

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Mrs Holmes said: 'We have had the canopy for two years. We are proud of our outdoor area. It was to keep the sun off the children but they play outside all year round. We are aiming to maintain what we started and the positive ethos.'

The report acknowledged the level of care the staff provided.

It said: 'Staff significantly enhance the development and welfare of children as they have a clear understanding of safeguarding requirements. All staff attend safeguarding training to ensure that they are aware of the signs and symptoms of abuse to help them recognise when children may be at risk.'

Committee member, Jennie Worship, said: 'It is such a great team of people. They are brilliant and dedicated. The pre-school is home from home. My daughter is three and she complains that she can't go to there on a Saturday.'

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