A VERNAHM DEAN pre-school has maintained its ‘good’ streak following a recent Ofsted inspection.

Little Fingers Pre-School was rated good in all areas, except one, during a visit last month.

In a report, inspectors praised staff who were seen to support children’s social skills well by encouraging them to share, take turns and respect others.

It said: “Children form trusting relationships with the staff. Staff are positive role models. They set good examples to children and children behave well. Children gain a good understanding of how to keep themselves healthy.”

Outcomes for children were positive as children made good progress, relative to their starting points.

Children’s showed an interest in sharing books and they used their senses to develop curiosity about the natural world.

Older children enjoyed making marks and some even began to write letters in their name.

Safeguarding was effective, staff understood their role in protecting children and their safety is maintained. However one area was rated by inspectors as “requires improvement.”

On why the school was marked down, the report said: “The provider has failed to inform Ofsted of changes to new committee members.

“Despite this, they do not have direct contact with children and have Disclosure and Barring Service checks.”

It added the manager is “committed to continuous improvements.”

Pre-school manager, Leanne Shuttleworth, said: “Overall, we were very pleased that the inspector commented positively on many aspects of our pre-school and its impact on the children’s learning.

“However, one area of the report we would like to highlight is that the ‘effectiveness of the leadership and management requires improvement’.

“This comment relates to an oversight to inform Ofsted of changes to a new committee.

“Despite this comment, the visit went extremely well and the inspector made many positive observations.

“The overall outcome of ‘good’ was maintained from our previous inspection two years ago.”