Pre-school’s joy at improved Ofsted rating

Tykes Pre-School. The pre-school has now  received good ratings by Ofsted.'Pictured are staff members L-R Daniella Kacsor, Theresa Flint, Farhat Ibrahim and manager, Jane Bond-Roberts with pre-school children.'''Picture: Liz Pearce 031115'LP1502513 PPP-150311-120145006
Tykes Pre-School. The pre-school has now received good ratings by Ofsted.'Pictured are staff members L-R Daniella Kacsor, Theresa Flint, Farhat Ibrahim and manager, Jane Bond-Roberts with pre-school children.'''Picture: Liz Pearce 031115'LP1502513 PPP-150311-120145006

A nursery owner said she was “very proud” of her staff after two of her pre-schools were rated ‘good’ by Ofsted.

Tykes Pre-School, in Tilgate, had been told it needed to improve following its last inspection, but the professionalism and commitment of the team were counted by Ofsted among the reasons for its higher rating.

Tykes Pre-School. The pre-school has now  received good ratings by Ofsted.'Pictured is  manager, Jane Bond-Roberts with pre-school children L-R Maxwell Norris (3), Daisy Gibbs (3), Mark Lavender(3)  and Ethan Shepherd(4).''Picture: Liz Pearce 031115'LP1502515 PPP-150311-120208006

Tykes Pre-School. The pre-school has now received good ratings by Ofsted.'Pictured is manager, Jane Bond-Roberts with pre-school children L-R Maxwell Norris (3), Daisy Gibbs (3), Mark Lavender(3) and Ethan Shepherd(4).''Picture: Liz Pearce 031115'LP1502515 PPP-150311-120208006

The pre-school was visited by inspector Janet Thouless on October 5 and her findings were published on October 29 – two weeks after Tykes’ Broadfield branch was judged to have made similar progress.

Owner Victoria Bailey said: “It’s fantastic, absolutely fantastic. I’m so proud of all my girls – they’ve worked so hard.”

In her report, Ms Thouless said: “The pre-school is led and managed well. For example, the management team is committed to constantly reviewing their practice, evaluating their service and improving the outcomes for children. Since the last inspection, this has enabled them to effectively target key areas for development to raise the quality of teaching and learning.”

Tykes manager Jane Bond-Roberts said the pre-school had built up a “really strong team” which had addressed previous issues raised by Ofsted. She said West Sussex County Council had helped with the progress, carrying out random checks to ensure Tykes was on track.

Tykes Pre-School. The pre-school has now  received good ratings by Ofsted.'Pictured is  manager, Jane Bond-Roberts with pre-school children L-R , Daisy Gibbs (3) and  Mark Lavender(3).'''Picture: Liz Pearce 031115'LP1502514 PPP-150311-120156006

Tykes Pre-School. The pre-school has now received good ratings by Ofsted.'Pictured is manager, Jane Bond-Roberts with pre-school children L-R , Daisy Gibbs (3) and Mark Lavender(3).'''Picture: Liz Pearce 031115'LP1502514 PPP-150311-120156006

A couple of points were highlighted for improvement – which Jane described as “so minor it’s a shame they were there”.

They included the need to provide more opportunities for children to develop their mathematical vocabulary.

Looking to the future, Jane said: “Without a doubt we’re on our way to ‘outstanding’. This is where we’re supposed to be and we’re over the moon.”

Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.

1) Make our website your homepage at www.crawleyobserver.co.uk

2) Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/crawleyobserver

3) Follow us on Twitter @Crawley_Obby

4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!

The Crawley Observer - always the first with your local news.

Be part of it.