Gissing Children’s Centre is celebrating Ofsted success

Staff and children from Gissing Children's Centre celebrate their outstanding Ofsted rating. Picture

Staff and children from Gissing Children's Centre celebrate their outstanding Ofsted rating. Picture: Submitted - Credit: Archant

The manager of a south Norfolk pre school said she is delighted after it was rated 'outstanding' following an Ofsted inspection.

It is the third time in nine years Gissing Children's Centre, near Diss, has been rated as outstanding - with the last inspection in 2011.

In the latest inspection, which took place last week, the school was praised for its 'vibrant learning environment' where 'imaginative play experiences for children are delivered by staff'.

The report said: 'Children make rapid progress in their learning and development. Staff have an excellent knowledge of the seven areas of learning.

'There is an extremely strong focus on activities that promote children's language development.'


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It also highlighted the 'excellent' behaviour of the children which is put down to the staff being 'positive role models'.

Linda Nash has been manager at the pre school, which has 46 pupils aged two to five, for 11 yeas.

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She said: 'We are really delighted with the result. We are so pleased because there was a new inspection frame work so we did not know what to expect. It is a relief.

'It gives everyone a boost for their morale. The challenge will be keeping it up.'

The report also commented on the consistent 'high rates of progress' made by the children but it recommended to improve the quality of the provision, the pre school should 'continue to raise the knowledge and skills of staff to an even higher level'.

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