King's Sutton Preschool is very proud to have been awarded “Outstanding” by Ofsted in its two most recent inspections – July 2010 and May 2016. In Preschool’s 2016 report, Ofsted’s inspector made the following points:
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Preschool offers a friendly and welcoming environment for young children and their families, and an opportunity for children to participate in a wide range of activities and experiences. It offers a balance between adult-led activities and child-led play where the children are free to choose from all the resources on offer. At every session there is at least one adult-led activity chosen to promote a particular aspect of learning or well-being, based on the staff’s observations and assessment's of the children’s needs. For example, staff will invite children to come to a “Chatter Time” or “Maths-tastic” group session where they will do fun activities that are focussed on specific educational attainment and during which they are all encouraged to be active participants.
Every session, staff and children come together as a whole group. They might sing together, dance, do an obstacle course or yoga, play instruments or act out a story together. They also use this time to celebrate birthdays, special events in the children’s lives and to discuss what they have been enjoying that day.
The rest of the session has a “free flow” approach: the children are free to choose from all the activities and resources on offer, indoors and out with the staff supporting and promoting their learning.
Staff and children go outside whatever the weather, enabling the children to choose from bikes, trikes, balls and hoops, etc when they use the larger playground, This helps develop their physical skills and co-ordination. There is also an enclosed garden allowing the children a further choice of activities, such as building and running assault courses, large construction blocks, mud kitchen, and the chance to plant vegetables, herbs and flowers and observe the insect life.
Outings are planned throughout the term to encourage the children to explore and discover the community in which they live. Outings have included trips to the Post Office, local gardens and shops, churches and carol singing for the elderly. During outings the adult/child ratio is increased with the help of parents/carers to ensure complete safety, especially when crossing roads. A full risk assessment is always carried out before any outing is undertaken.
King’s Sutton Preschool holds annual events: the Scarecrow Festival in September; a winter Lantern Walk; a Christmas “Journey to Bethlehem”; Easter events and Sports Day (actually, a sports hour!). And just for the men-folk to come in and play we have our FUDGE Sundays, For Uncles, Dads, Grandads, Etc.