A pre-school in Harrogate with just 10 children on the roll has maintained its ‘good’ rating from Ofsted.
St Joseph’s Pre-school and Playgroup on Skipton Road was praised by inspectors for the welcoming and supportive atmosphere it offered to children aged two to four.
As well as praising the pre-school’s use of outdoor space, support for children’s learning and communication with parents, the report said:
“Staff are good role models and interact positively with children. They give children plenty of praise and encouragement as they play. This helps children to develop a can-do attitude towards their learning.
“Children with special educational needs/and or disabilities (SEND) are extremely well supported.
“The special educational needs coordinator is swift to work in partnership with other professionals, in order to help children with SEND reach their full potential.”
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Inspectors recommended that staff could do more to help the most able pupils to develop further, and that more support could be in place for staff members’ professional development.
The pre-school, which can cater for up to 24 children over four mornings each week, was first registered in 1986. Its last inspection in 2016 also delivered a ‘good’ rating.