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Shrewsbury pre-school is outstanding says inspector

By Lucy Todman | Shrewsbury | Ofsted reports | Published:

Staff at a Shrewsbury nursery have been praised by inspectors for their 'exemplary' teaching methods and passion in their care for the children.

Some of the children from Explorers Childcare Ltd

Ofsted inspectors visited Explorers Childcare Ltd on Rad Valley Road last month.

The privately run nursery was rated as outstanding in all areas and particular note was made of the stable and secure environment the children experienced. The inspectors said the nursery's management team showed 'excellent' determination to achieve and maintain 'the highest standards of care and learning' for the children.

Inspector Scott Thomas-White praised the nursery for the links it had made with the local community for example the children meet with and interact with elderly residents regularly. Staff also teach the children French 'to help promote their cultural awareness'.

In his report released this week Mr Thomas-White said: "Staff go above and beyond to work with the providers of other settings children attend. For example, they continually share information with them and invite them to observe the children at the pre-school. This helps to provide seamless continuity for children between all settings they attend.

"The environment is highly stimulating. Children who start attending feel immediately secure in the pre-school. This helps to give them the confidence to extend their own play, such as independently accessing toys. Children show extremely high levels of engagement and motivation and they are very curious about different concepts.

"Children make extremely high rates of progress in relation to their starting points. They can make marks and give meanings to them. Differences in outcomes for groups of children are diminishing quickly. Young children quickly learn and repeat single words. All children are highly motivated learners who thrive in this outstanding pre-school."

Shelly Hurdley, owner of Explorers Childcare Ltd said she was delighted with the report which was a credit to the hard work and dedication of her staff.

"I am so proud that we have once again been rated as outstanding," she said. "It reflects the staff we have here and how hard they work to ensure that the children feel loved and secure while also being prepared for the future."

Lucy Todman

By Lucy Todman
@shroptod

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star and Shrewsbury Chronicle based in Shrewsbury.

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