Celebrations as pre-school is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted

First published on: 27th March 2024

A pre-school has received the highest possible rating of ‘outstanding’ by education watchdog Ofsted.

Chollerton Pre-School is located within Chollerton Church of England Primary at Barrasford, near Hexham, offering childcare for children aged 2-4.

It has been rated as ‘outstanding’ in all four categories – quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, and leadership and management.

Becky Gibson, Pre-School Manager at Chollerton said: “Following our recent Ofsted inspection we are delighted to receive Outstanding in every area.

“As a team we work hard and we are happy this has been reflected in the report.  We are so lucky to have very supportive parents and children who enjoy coming to pre-school with a smile on their face. It makes it a joy to come to work and see what adventures the children are going to take us on that day.”

Ofsted inspectors concluded that highly-skilled staff create an exceptional nurturing and caring environment for children and their families.

The Ofsted report said interactions between staff and children are superb, with children showing deep levels of engagement in exciting adventures created by staff. It added that parents are involved in all aspects of care and learning, while children are developing well and show respect for each other.

The report added: “There is a highly ambitious, broad and structured curriculum in place that helps to build children's knowledge in all areas of learning. Staff use accurate assessments to review planned activities and to support children to develop excellent skills, ready for school.

“This includes excellent partnership working with the onsite school. Staff swiftly identify any gaps in children's learning and put excellent support strategies in place. This includes superb support for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities.”

One parent commented: “I can confidently say that it's nothing short of amazing. From the moment we enrolled our little one, we were welcomed into a warm, nurturing environment where every child is valued and encouraged to thrive.

“The staff members are dedicated professionals who truly care about the well-being and development of each child. The activities are thoughtfully designed to stimulate young minds and foster creativity, curiosity, and a love for learning. Plus, the outside facilities are incredible for providing a safe and stimulating space for our children to explore and grow. I'm incredibly grateful for the positive impact Chollerton Pre-School has had on my child's early years, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to any parent seeking an exceptional early education experience for their little one.”

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