AN "extremely supportive" pre-school where children "thrive" has been rated by Ofsted for the first time since it re-registered.

Tisbury Pre-school, in the Nadder Centre, was handed a flawless 'outstanding' score following an inspection on Thursday, June 6. 

The school was first registered in 2006 but re-registered in 2022. It now employs three members of childcare staff who care for 26 children aged two to four years.

Ofsted inspector Mikaela Jauncey said the school's staff "provide a range of high-quality learning experience and show children the upmost care and respect at all times".

This results in children building strong builds with staff which helps them settle quickly.

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"Children consistently show they are emotionally safe and secure and show incredible enthusiasm for learning," the inspector said.

"They smile, giggle and sing to themselves as they involve themselves in the inspiring activities that staff provide for them."

Tisbury Pre-school is 'outstanding' according to Ofsted.Tisbury Pre-school is 'outstanding' according to Ofsted. (Image: Tisbury Pre-school)

The "thoughtfully planned" and "superbly delivered" curriculum enables children to flourish and make exceptional progress.

There is a strong emphasis on independence, getting children ready for school and a priority on the prime areas of learning. This helps children to develop a 'can-do' attitude and strengthens their resilience.

Ms Jauncey added: "This thoughtfully designed curriculum gives all children a rich set of experiences and an extremely strong foundation of the knowledge and skills they need for their future learning."

Children confidently engage in back-and-forth conversations with staff and each other, using a wide range of vocabulary.

Staff know children incredibly well. They use this knowledge, alongside effective assessment procedures, to swiftly identify any gaps in children's learning.

These gaps are quickly addressed as staff "expertly adapt their teaching and provide additional or different resources".

Support for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities is excellent, according to Ms Jauncey.

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Parents receive "superb" support as staff work closely with families to gain an insight into the lives of the children they care for.

Ofsted praised manager Amanda Burford for being "incredibly ambitious and reflective".

By supporting and encouraging her staff, they have developed a range of strategies gained from recent training including breathing techniques to help children manage their emotions.

"As a result, children independently take themselves to the 'calm space' and use 'emotion cards' to express themselves and to regulate their emotions when they feel overwhelmed," the inspector noted.

Amanda, who has worked at Tisbury Pre-school for 10 years, said she was "really pleased and overwhelmed" with the result.

She said: "It couldn't have gone any better.

"We're very welcoming to all families and all the children, ensuring they settle quite quickly and we're always approachable. We have got a great staff team."

The pre-school plans to celebrate the 'outstanding' result with an end of term party for the children.