Grappenhall Pre-school was ordered to improve in its last inspection, however, the latest visit from Ofsted praised the nursery for being ‘exceptional’ and awarded it with the highest possible rating.

During their most recent visit, Ofsted saw a very different setting – with inspector Alison Regan putting this down to the manner in which the manager and staff have implemented a very high standard of childcare.

She stated: “The manager and staff work effectively together as a team to create a welcoming, family atmosphere for children.

“Staff know each child and their families very well and they use this in-depth knowledge to plan exceptionally well-targeted challenges to strengthen children’s skills.”

In her report, the inspector highlighted how children show a ‘can-do’ attitude and are developing confidence in a calm and welcoming environment.

Ms Regan said: “The children enjoy regular visits into the community and take part in local charity events.

“Children have free access to the outdoor play area. They enjoy being active and develop great physical agility, as they relish the experiences gained during planned activity sessions.

“Children become captivated in the outdoors as they play in the sand pit. They provide a running commentary to staff about how the lorries transport sand to build houses.

“All children thrive in this stimulating and wholly inclusive environment.”

As well as all of this, Ms Regan said the pre-school was great in preparing children for their first day of primary school and that feedback from the parents was positive.

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