Outdoor learning praised at preschool where children are eager to learn
A PRESCHOOL in Yate has been praised in its first inspection by the government watchdog.
Ofsted inspector Victoria Nicolson said children were "happy and eager" to start their day at Ridgewood preschool and praised its efforts to ensure they could all learn and play outdoors.
The board of trustees responsible for the preschool, which is a charity, said they are delighted at the findings in the report, which gave them a 'good' rating overall.
Ofsted examined four areas: the quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development and leadership and management. Ridgewood preschool was awarded ‘good’ in each area.
Set up in 2017, the preschool is open during school hours in term times, accepting children aged two to four. It has 26 places per session, with 34 children currently attending.
Chair of trustees Mireille Williams said: “On behalf of the board of trustees and the staff team at Ridgewood Preschool we are delighted that our recent inspection gave us a ‘good’ rating.
“We work very hard to make sure that Ridgewood Preschool is a friendly and welcoming environment where children achieve their best outcomes through play.
"Early Years education is vital for preparing children for school and learning in a more formal environment.”
The inspector said in her report: “Staff consider children’s interests and needs to support them with their learning.
"Staff recognise that the majority of children who attend the preschool prefer to be outside, therefore they have made changes to the environment to ensure that children can access all areas of the curriculum outdoors independently.”
She recommended that improvements should be made in future to support children to identify risks and keep themselves safe, especially outdoors, and to support children to make friendships.
Mireille added: "We were very pleased with the findings in the report, and the board of trustees are especially pleased for the staff, because they deserve it – they do all the hard work, after all.
"We have put into place already the improvements that were suggested in the report.
"We’re a charity, and the money provided from the Government is insufficient to run the provision the way we’d like to so there are financial challenges, but we do the best with what we’ve got and make best use of our income."