“Children’s independent skills are promoted extremely effectively. Both indoors and outdoors, activities are well organised and appealing. As a result, children are adept at making choices, such as during creative play, knowing exactly where to go and what to get. Staff are magnificent at hooking in to each child’s interests, planning in the moment and taking a steer from children’s experiences. Parents, too, are appreciative of the school’s methodology, with one commenting, ‘The nursery school is child-centred, and children are not forced into learning arbitrary things. Instead, the adults see what a child is interested in first, then run with that.” (Ofsted 2018)
“Children confidently choose their own activities and become self-assured and independent. They move purposefully between the different areas and activities because resources are attractive and well prepared and kindle their interest and curiosity.” (Ofsted 2014)
Cooperation and social skills
“Children play exceptionally happily together and because they are listened to by adults they learn to listen to one another. In their play there are lots of opportunities for them to learn to take turns, share and help one another. A fine example of this was when two boys pulled the very heavy water carrier up the hill together to fill up the stream they were making. Because children get on so well together they are eager to attend the nursery and play with their friends.
The outdoor area is a haven of activity with children climbing, building, gardening and cooperating with one another. Children demonstrate outstanding social skills in the way they learn and share equipment with one another. Skills of independence, perseverance and resilience in learning are
consistently encouraged by staff.” (Ofsted 2011)
Risk and challenge
“Children play safely both indoors and outdoors and it is the norm in this nursery to see children looking out for one another’s safety outdoors. ‘Be careful, don’t stand too close to the slide,’ are comments heard daily in the excellent outdoor provision.” (Ofsted 2011)
“Children are inspired and challenged to explore, experiment and cooperate with each other, which results in much discussion and problem solving, for example how to use a new recording device to take messages between two adults or how to tackle a very challenging climbing frame and reach the other side without falling off. The skilled intervention by adults, who know that effective learning happens through active involvement in a range of tasks and activities, leads to increased confidence, perseverance when things don’t quite work out and obvious enjoyment when they do succeed.” (Ofsted 2009)
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