Children thrive at 'outstanding' Fishponds kindergarten

December 30 2021
Children thrive at 'outstanding' Fishponds kindergarten

A FISHPONDS kindergarten has been given an 'outstanding' rating by Ofsted.

An inspector from the education watchdog said staff at Willow Tree Little Kindergarten, based at Avanti Gardens School in College Road, "bring children's learning to life".

Ofsted gave the kindergarten, which has 25 children aged two to five on its roll and is run on Steiner principles, the top rating in every category after visiting in September.

In her report, inspector Joanne Neenan said: "Children thrive in this exceptionally warm and welcoming setting.

"They arrive excited, happy and eager to start the day. Practitioners greet them enthusiastically and are genuinely pleased to see them.

"The kindergarten is extremely calm.

"Practitioners are attentive and responsive to children's needs. Children respond exceptionally well, and their behaviour is exemplary.

"Practitioners know the children extremely well and plan exciting activities that engage all children. They notice when a child needs more support or challenge, and quickly provide what they need to ensure all children reach their full potential."

The report praised the "highly effective" management team, staff who provided "excellent role models" and "highly motivated" children.

The inspector said: "Children are deeply engaged in their play. They make excellent progress in this incredibly nurturing environment."

The report praised learning in maths, vocabulary and the world around them, as well as safeguarding measures and communication with parents.

Kindergarten manager Elodie Rummage said: "I am thrilled and proud that the hard work of our exceptional kindergarten team has been recognised in this way.

"It has really given us a  boost, particularly after a tough couple of years in the pandemic."

Lead teacher Lily Clark said: "As teachers we know that we do all we can to provide a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment for all of the children at our setting.

"We work hard to build strong relationships with the families of our children too, and the parents recognise how special the home-from-home environment that we provide is.

"The validation of our approach by the OFSTED rating will help us to reach more families and continue to provide an exceptional standard of early years care to the Fishponds community."

Picture: The Willow Tree Little Kindergarten teaching team – left to right: Susy Olivares, Rose Douglas, Lily Clark, Floredia Hrissikou, Sara Canamero-Escobar