THE director of a nursery and pre-school which has just lost its ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating following an inspection said she has complained to the education watchdog about the outcome.

The Oak Tree Nursery and Pre-School, in Bere Hill, Whitchurch, was visited by Ofsted last month and a report published on July 11 graded it as ‘good’.

However, the director of the nursery and pre-school said she has complained to Ofsted regarding the grading following the inspection, but was not prepared to share any further details at this stage.

Oak Tree was previously graded as ‘outstanding’ by the watchdog in October 2014.

The recent Ofsted report found all areas of the nursery and pre-school to be ‘good’ including leadership, teaching, behaviour and outcomes for children.

It said: “Dedicated staff show commitment and a willingness to continually improve. The manager offers effective supervision and coaching to support staff. This practice helps staff to build on their skills. They are encouraged to plan ahead for their future professional development.”

It added: “Staff plan effectively for children’s individual needs and are confident in planning for their next steps. Children make good progress.”

The inspector found that overall, the quality of teaching in the older age group is of “a high quality” but that some staff working with the younger children “are not always as confident in their abilities to extend learning opportunities as consistently.”

The inspector also found that children “behave extremely well at all times” and respect each other and the staff, adding: “Children use polite language and show excellent manners.”

Ofsted found parents were positive about the care their children receive and said that their children “absolutely love attending”.

Oak Tree, which registered with Ofsted in 2003, has 147 children on its roll, aged from nought to four, and employs 29 staff.