A PRE-SCHOOL has received a glowing report from Ofsted and has been graded as “outstanding”.

Broughton Pre-School was visited by the education watchdog in April, and a report published this month graded it as “outstanding” in all areas inspected, including teaching, leadership, behaviour and outcomes for children.

The report said that “children flourish” at the pre-school, which opened nearly 20 years ago in 2000 and operates in a purpose-built lodge in the grounds of Broughton Primary School, with 25 children on its roll.

Inspector Helen Robinshaw found teaching to be “inspirational”, and said: “Staff are highly effective in accelerating the rate of children’s progress. This is illustrated by the depth and breadth of children’s vocabulary and the subjects they confidently discuss with staff during each day.”

She added: “The manager meticulously evaluates every area of pre-school practice. Her astute and targeted programme of professional development ensures that staff constantly improve their already excellent levels of care.”

The pre-school was previously inspected in 2016 when it was found to be “good”.

Paula Jennings, manager of the pre-school, said: "I am absolutely thrilled with the outcome, especially given the more rigorous nature of the new Ofsted inspection framework.

"I am extremely proud of the dedication and drive of my amazing team and look forward to working with them to maintain and build on our outstanding grading."

The new report said: “Staff quickly establish responsive, accepting and reassuring relationships with the children. They create exciting play areas where children easily choose to follow their own interests and flourish as staff gently nurture them further.”

Ofsted also found that children make “excellent rates of progress”, with the report stating: “Children observe carefully and wonder in awe at the world around them. They begin to take some responsibility for recycling and helpfully offer to set the table for lunch.”