New Ofsted report gives 'truer reflection' of Stapleton kindergarten previously rated inadequate
A KINDERGARTEN which was accused by Ofsted of putting children's lives at risk has now received a Good rating, just months later.
Staff and parents at Out There Kindergarten in Stapleton, above, were horrified to see Ofsted had deemed the outdoor-led provision to be Inadequate in a report published in February, and believed it had been subject to an unfair inspection.
Inspector Victoria Nicolson had visited back in November, just 26 days after it had opened, and said: "Weaknesses in leadership, management and safeguarding compromise children's safety and well-being. Staff do not support all children to learn how to keep themselves safe."
The report went on to criticise leadership and management, the quality of teaching and outcomes for children.
Ms Nicholson judged it to require improvement in two of the four categories and gave it inadequate ratings in a further two categories.
But following a further inspection in May, Ofsted says the kindergarten is Good in all areas including effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, personal development, behaviour and welfare, and outcomes for children.
The latest report has been welcomed by owner Jenny Bough, who says it paints a much better picture of the work which goes on at Out There.
According to inspector Mary Daniel, safeguarding at the Stonechat Gardens kindergarten is effective.
Her report said: “The management team and staff are knowledgeable about how to keep children safe and understand signs that may indicate a risk of harm. They know procedures to follow in the event of any concern.”
The inspector found Out There gives youngsters a good start to their education: “Children develop the key skills to help them prepare for their move on to school. They learn to take responsibility, such as to keep themselves safe, and know they need to wear helmets and goggles when playing 'builders' in the 'rubble area' outdoors. Children show interest in numbers and develop their early writing skills well.”
The report also revealed that parents were happy with the provision: “Parents speak highly of the kindergarten and say staff keep them well informed of their children's learning.”
Ms Bough said: "We are extremely pleased with the Ofsted outcomes following our inspection at the beginning of May.
“The report is a truer reflection of what we set out to achieve at Out There Kindergarten and of our passionate and dedicated team. It gives some lovely examples of the work we do; allowing children time to develop their own interests and having supportive and skilled adults at hand to help them follow them, providing opportunities for children to explore their local surroundings and develop a sense of appropriate risk taking and different ways to keep safe and allowing plenty of opportunities to be outside in nature where they can use their bodies and minds more freely. It also highlights the wonderful and respectful relationships we have built with our children and parents."
Out There opened in Brislington in September 2017 with the second branch opening in Stapleton in September last year.