Top of the class - Jacdor is praised by Ofsted inspector

Jacdor Pre-School ENGEMN00120121126160956
Jacdor Pre-School ENGEMN00120121126160956

A Coningsby pre-school is continuing to go from strength to strength after being rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted.

Jacdor Community Pre-School received a two rating across all four categories - effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, personal development, behaviour and welfare and outcomes for children.

After their previous inspection, Ofsted rated the school as three, meaning it required improvement in several areas.

In her report following an inspection in September, Ofsted inspector Sharon Waterfall praises the school and says staff are ‘strong and committed’.

She says pupils are making good progress due to highly skilled staff who are adaptable.

She said: “Staff know children well and use their knowledge, observations and assessments to deliver an educational programme to meet their individual needs.

“This helps children to be engaged and enthusiastic learners.

“Children form firm attachments with the staff, which help them to feel emotionally secure.

“Frequent praise and encouragement as they play effectively promotes children’s confidence and self-esteem.”

Ms Waterfall goes on to say the personal social and emotional development of children is given a high priority.

She adds: “Parents spoken to on the day of the inspection were very complimentary about the care their children receive.

“Staff are positive role models as they effectively manage children’s behaviour and talk about the importance of safety throughout children’s activities.

“Children are polite and friendly and are learning to take turns and share.”

Ms Waterfall highlights the ‘strong relationships’ Jacdor has developed with many outside agencies - and with parents.

She said the school manager and management committee demonstrate ‘a clear drive for ongoing development of the setting’.

According to her report, Ms Waterfall says the school is not yet outstanding because group activities - like story time - are not always effectively managed to fully engage younger children.