Good report for Tiddlypeeps
A PRE-SCHOOL in Wickwar has been rated ‘Good’ in all areas by Ofsted at its most recent inspection.
Staff at Tiddlypeeps were praised by the education watchdog for working together with parents and carers in order to identify areas for improvement.
They were also acknowledged for effectively supporting children who need additional help, giving all staff sign language training to aid communication skills.
Ofsted rates pre-schools in four areas: leadership and management; teaching and learning quality; children’s development, behaviour and welfare; outcomes for children. Tiddlypeeps, which has 16 children on its roll, is rated good in all four areas.
The pre-school is based at the village community centre and opens during term-time from 9.15am to 3.15pm on weekdays.
Outcomes were found to be good by the Ofsted inspector Anita McKelvey.
She said: “Children enjoy their time in the setting. Younger children come in singing rhymes they have learnt and greet staff enthusiastically.
“Older and younger children show good self-care skills. For example, younger children attempt to put on their waterproofs and boots for outdoor play, and older ones competently use knives and forks to eat cooked lunches. Children are well prepared for moving onto school.”
The inspector praised the pre-school’s three staff for how they help children to learn and develop.
She said: “The manager and owner are keen to enhance the experiences and learning for the children.
“Staff help children to respect others.
“Staff provide opportunities for children to learn about the wider world, including through planning different activities and inviting visitors into the setting. Children have the chance to learn words and songs in other languages, join in traditional celebrations and see photographs showing scenes and life in other countries.”
The inspector said that in order to improve further, the preschool needs to help children manage risk, and to recognise when children want to join in with group activities.
Tiddlypeeps owner Ellie Palmer said: “We’re very pleased that Ofsted recognise our hard work in creating varied, fun and engaging environments for our children to explore and discover. We support children’s independence, allowing them time and space to develop their ideas”
“We are proud of our strong relationships with our families and believe that creating consistency for our children is paramount to their development.”
Picture shows learning at Tiddlypeeps Pre-School in Wickwar