Bolton Under 5’s Pre-school has been rated ‘outstanding’ in its recent Ofsted inspection, making it one of the best settings in Hampshire.

An upgrade from their previous rating of ‘good’, the report stated that:

“Staff prepare children exceptionally well for the next stages in their learning and for their moves to school.

“This includes children who are learning more than one language, children with disadvantaged starts in life, and children who are very able.”

It continued to highlight that: “Outcomes for all children are excellent, given their different starting points. Children make consistently high rates of progress across all areas of their learning.”

The pre-school is managed by a committee of parents and provides care for 33 children, with staff saying that by working in tandem with parents they are providing the best results for the children in their care.

Sam Leadbetter is manager of the setting and has said of the inspection:

 “We have put an emphasis on the staffing, with home visits and more focused learning, which has made the children more confident when they come in.”

She continued: “We had so much positive feedback, and when the inspector was here, we had parents lining up to speak to her.”

The inspector highlighted the success of the pre-school manager in her report, saying:

“The manager is highly reflective, motivated and successful in raising the quality of practice across the pre-school.

“They place a high priority on developing children’s self-confidence and motivation to explore, question and discover.”


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