Wellington Community Playgroup Pre-School at Wellington Youth Centre, Mantle Street, has been assessed as ‘requiring improvement’ by Ofsted inspectors in key areas of its provision.
The Pre-School was visited by Inspectors on 20 June. In both quality and standards of early years’ provision and in effectiveness of leadership and management it was rated as requiring improvement – the same assessment as in the school’s last inspection in November 2016.
In terms of quality of teaching, learning and assessment, personal development, behaviour and welfare and outcomes for children the school was rated as ‘Good’.
The report states that the school still requires improvement for the following reasons:
– Although there are clear recruitment and vetting processes, the management committee is not thorough in ensuring it keeps records of staff’s suitability to work with children. This is a breach of a requirement.
– Staff do not plan an environment that represents all children’s backgrounds to help them develop a positive awareness of their own similarities and differences.
– Children do not have consistent opportunities to learn how to use books to find information.
The report also states that it has the following strengths:
– Staff have good partnerships with parents and outside agencies, which helps them to be consistent in supporting children’s development. They work together well to meet children’s individual needs, especially those who have special educational needs and those who are learning English as an additional language.
– The manager leads a team of staff who work well together and provide good role models for children. Children enjoy their time at the pre-school. They have strong relationships and learn to manage their feelings and behave well.
– All children make good progress in their learning and development from their starting points. The manager monitors children’s overall development effectively and ensures children receive any additional support they need to quickly catch up.
Carole Taylor, Pre-school Manager, said: “We were very disappointed with our result, but unfortunately the main improvement was out of our control. However, where my team of practitioners are responsible we were pleased to maintain our good standard in our quality of teaching and assessment and personal development, behaviour and welfare. I am currently reviewing and improving all our policies and procedures, and these will be implemented in our new September term.”