Pre-school in West Hallam ‘requires improvement’

West Hallam Pre-School
West Hallam Pre-School

A village pre-school which was set up in the 1960s has been rated as ‘requires improvement’ following its latest Ofsted inspection.

West Hallam Village Pre School, based at the village hall, was rated as good in 2011 but has now been rated as ‘requires improvement’ in all of the three areas Ofsted inspects.

The report, published following an inspection last month, states that ‘staff do not consistently make accurate assessments of children’s abilities.’

‘This means that they ‘do not provide daily activities which challenge children and support their individual learning and progression.’

The other main points relate to the management failing to identify strengths and weaknesses in staff.

It was praised for its support of children with special needs or disabilities. Inspectors also noted that ‘staff have positive relationships with parents and share information effectively.

This means that children feel safe, happy and have secure attachments to their key person. Improvements that need to be made in the Early Years Foundation Stage include ensuring staff consistently assess children’s abilities accurately, identify appropriate next steps and deliver high quality teaching, so all children make good progress in their learning and development.

It states: “To further improve the quality of the early years provision the provider should review the use of the outdoor and indoor space to ensure all children remain motivated to learn throughout the session and individual learning needs are met.”

Nobody from the pre-school was available for comment at the time of going to press.