Preschool rated as ‘good’ by inspectors

PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 July 2015

Castle Batch Preschool has been rated as good.

Castle Batch Preschool has been rated as good.

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A PRESCHOOL in Worle has been inspected by Ofsted and has retained the ‘good’ in all areas rating it achieved four years ago.

Castle Batch Community Preschool was scrutinised by representatives of the education watchdog at the beginning of June and their findings have been published this week.

Inspectors praised the school for its good communication with parents, staff’s ‘expertise’ in mathematics and the way children are encouraged to learn independently.

The report says: “Staff allow children to be independent while supporting them just enough to ensure they experience success in their play so they gain confidence.”

The preschool’s staff were praised throughout the report, which says: “Management and staff monitor children’s progress through an effective system of observation and assessment.

“Staff show particular expertise in extending children’s mathematical knowledge. They use techniques and equipment that help children make really good progress.”

The preschool caters for children aged between two and four and has 47 children on its roll.

The inspector’s report also highlighted the opportunities provided by children thanks to visits from lifeguards and firefighters.

The report says: “Children showed good listening skills because they were keen to hear what a firefighter said and were mesmerised when another appeared wearing breathing apparatus.”

The preschool is based at Worle Baptist Church in Rawlins Avenue and inspectors noted its good use of outdoor space.

It says: “Children’s well-being is a priority among staff.

“The children benefit from easy access to the outside area, which ensures children get plenty of physical exercise and fresh air.

“Children treat each other with kindness and respect.”

The preschool was previously inspected in September 2011, when it was rated as good in each of the key criteria scrutinised by inspectors.

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