New pre-school praised as ‘good’ in first Ofsted report


Tykes Pre-school, in Northgate, received a rating of ‘good’ in its first Ofsted report.

The pre-school opened in Northgate Community Centre, in Barnfield Road, in September 2012 and had its first Ofsted inspection on March 1.

The report from the inspection, published on March 27, rated the pre-school as ‘good’ in all three areas of inspection.

The three areas were: how well the provision meets the needs of pupils; the contribution of the provision to the well-being of children; and the effectiveness of the leadership and management.

The report praised the staff’s ability to plan activities and help the children develop a good understanding of rules.

It said: “Staff use a consistent and positive approach to manage children’s behaviour, and teach them to understand what is expected of them. Children behave well as a result.

“Children are happy and at ease in the company of staff and other children, leading to the development of trusting relationships. They separate easily from their parents and demonstrate a sense of belonging.

“Staff teach children to be independent and provide meaningful opportunities for them to develop their self-care skills such as hand washing.“

“Parents praise the pre-school and recognise the positive effect that staff have on their children’s care and learning.”

The report gave just one reason for the school missing out on an ‘outstanding’ rating:

“The outside area is not as well equipped as indoor areas. It does not yet offer a thoroughly interesting learning environment to fully encourage children to learn about the natural world around them.”

Victoria Bailey, manager of the pre-school, said she expected the school to reach an ‘outstanding’ grade in the next inspection.

She said: “The outside area is in the stages of development at this present time and will shortly be on parr with the inside areas.

“We are working on our action plan at this present time with fund raising events taking place to raise funds to ensure the outside area is accessible to our children at all times and in all weathers and give them the opportunities they need.

“With the planned improvements made we will certainly be aiming for ‘Outstanding’ next time.”

The children celebrated the school’s rating with a double celebration day when they dressed in red and held activities and competitions and raised nearly £50 for Comic Relief.