More involvement from parents count make pre-school ‘outstanding’

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More involvement from parents could have helped a pre-school to earn an outstanding rating from Ofsted.

The Jumping Beans Pre-school, in Brassey Avenue, Eastbourne, maintained its ‘good’ rating following an inspection on May 5, the results of which were published on May 27.

Inspector Alison Weaver praised staff for the work they carried out to educate, engage and safeguard the children in their care and noted they kept parents “well informed” through the use of online learning records.

Not all parents, though, were as quick to return the favour.

Ms Weaver’s report stated: “Not all parents are contributing what they know about their children’s learning to help promote continuity between the setting and home.”

She called on staff to “increase further parental involvement in the observation and assessment of children”.

Parental involvement aside, the report was full of praise for the nine-strong team which run the pre-school out of Parkland Infant School.

Ms Weaver highlighted the way staff used everyday routines and activities to increase children’s independence and ability to count, recognise numbers and learn letter sounds.

She said the youngsters had gained the skills needed to move on to primary school including developing early writing skills through playing with chalk and paint.

The report stated: “Staff create a warm and welcoming learning environment where children quickly settle. Staff provide plenty of accessible, stimulating and interesting resources and activities to promote children’s learning.”