Staff leadership and children’s development questioned as Fordham Pre-School is told to improve by Ofsted

Fordham Pre-School has been handed an 'inadequate' rating by Ofsted.

Fordham Pre-School has been handed an 'inadequate' rating by Ofsted. - Credit: Archant

An East Cambridgeshire pre-school has been told it requires improvement by Ofsted.

Fordham Pre-School, on Isleham Road, received the negative report following a visit from inspector Jacqueline Baker on June 22.

The report said that the school’s management committee failed to give Ofsted the required information about members on time, as well as failing to monitor the performance of the pre-school’s 72 children effectively.

Ms Baker said: “The management committee has failed to fulfil its responsibilities and not all of the members are know by Ofsted. This mean the suitability of individuals has not been fully established.

“The manager has a good oversight of individual children’s progress, but has not extended this further to analyse the progress made by different groups of children. The manager also does not monitor staff closely enough to establish their level of knowledge. This means that staff are not always up to date with current legislation.

“The weaknesses shown in the management have a negative impact on children’s well-being.”

The pre-school, which was established in 2002, was praised, however, for its quality of teaching, learning and assessment, as well as its outcomes for children.

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“Staff know that children learn through play and provide a wide range of interesting and stimulating opportunities for them,” the report said.

“Teaching is especially strong during focused activities where staff show a great deal of skill as they enhance children’s learning effectively.

“Children are prepared exceptionally well for school. They are interested in learning and are able to concentrate, listen and follow instructions. Staff plan for children’s moves well in advance and because of this, children are confident about the come change.”

In a welcome pack to parents, the pre-school says its aim is to provide a “caring environment” where children can “learn to interact with other children and adults”.

It also says it offers “stimulating play opportunities” which can help children learn to “make friends, take turns, share and negotiate and enable them to develop to their full potential”.

The pre-school had previously received a ‘good’ rating in April 2014. It opens five days a week during term time and runs breakfast and after-school clubs for £3 per session.