A POPULAR Grays pre-school has come out of special measures.
Grays Baptist Pre-School fell into special measures in June.
Since then the Orsett Road based school has worked tirelessly to improve standards.
The report published over the Christmas period made the following comments.
1.Children have formed strong bonds with the staff. This means that they are emotionally secure and have a firm base from which they make steady progress in relation to their starting points.
2. The manager and staff have a keen interest in developing their knowledge and skills. They complete a variety of training courses or online programmes to ensure they continuously improve the quality of the experiences offered to children.
3. Children are safeguarded through suitable policies and procedures, which are understood and implemented by a caring staff team.
However the report details that it still has some way to go and so has graded it as Requires Improvement
1. The quality of teaching is variable. The level of staff questioning is sometimes not skilful enough to ensure that children are consistently developing their communication and language skills. In addition, the resources offered do not always inspire older children to think critically and use their investigative and exploratory skills.
2. Not all the children have regular access to outdoor activities, this particularly relates to the youngest children who attend for shorter sessions.
3. The opportunities for parents to play a more active role in their children’s learning have not been fully explored, to ensure that children’s knowledge and skills are consolidated and extended effectively.