A GRAYS pre-school has been placed into special measures after a disappointing inspection report by Ofsted.
The government inspectors visited the Grays Baptist pre-school at its premises in Hathaway Road in March and have just published their findings.
The private pre-school has been operating since 1984. Its previous report was “Satisfactory” but the most recent report highlights a number of shortfalls.
Among the criticisms are:
1. Staff’s assessment of children’s learning is not consistently rigorous. This results in learning experiences that are not matched to children’s needs and do not provide them with sufficient challenge.
In addition, outdoor play opportunities are limited which impacts on children’s physical skills and their knowledge of the world.
2. The provider/manager lacks the capacity to drive improvement adequately, as she does not have sufficient methods for identifying where the practice is weak and requires development in order to improve outcomes for children.
3. Children are not able to choose or select stimulating resources easily for themselves, preventing them from becoming independent learners, and being well-prepared for the next stage in their learning and development.
4.Parents receive little information about their child’s progress towards the early learning goals and of how to extend their child’s learning from home.
5.Children are not provided with sufficient opportunities to learn about their own health and hygiene routines, such as, hand washing.
The report did highlight two postive aspects to the pre-school
6.Children are settled in the pre-school. They enjoy playing with their friends and are building secure relationships with the staff team.
7.Children’s welfare is promoted because staff demonstrate a sound understanding of their responsibilities with regard to the safeguarding requirements.
YT did telephone the pre-school but the phone rang out with no apparent answering machine facility.