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Outstanding Ofsted Report

On the 7th June 2016 the Stepping Stones setting at Weston had a visit from the Ofsted inspectors. We are thrilled to report that Weston gained an ‘Outstanding’ report from the inspection. Below are just a few of the bullet points taken from this report. To read the full report go to this Ofsted Report Link.

  • All staff are extremely sensitive to meeting children’s needs. They plan sharply focused activities that are well matched to the development needs and interests of all children. This helps to promote and support children’s current interests and next steps extremely well
  • High expectations, vision and drive from the management team ensure the nursery maintains their excellent, high-quality standards. Staff continually implement ways to build on their current outstanding performance.
  • Partnerships with parents are very strong. The nursery shares ideas with parents about how to support their children’s learning at home. This successfully helps children to continue to become confident learners and be ready for the next steps in their learning.
  • Staff have excellent links with the local and surrounding schools. Information about what children know and can do is shared with teachers from local schools. Staff plan specific focused activities for pre-school children in their last term at the nursery to comprehensively support and prepare them for the move to school.
  • Staff have high expectations for all children’s achievements, including children who speak English as an additional language. Additional support is offered to promote children’s progress and offer them challenging and interesting learning experiences. Children learn about the importance of similarities and differences in their own and other’s cultures, beliefs and backgrounds.
  • Self-evaluation is robust, precise and accurate. The management team knows the strengths of the setting and uses the views of others to set achievable targets for rapid improvement and outstanding practice.