Aardvark Preschool

Name Aardvark Preschool
Ofsted Inspections
Address The R J Mitchell Primary School, Hornchurch, RM12 5PP
Type Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Full day care
Gender Mixed
Local Authority Havering
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents

The provision is outstanding • The manager meticulously monitors groups of children.

She is extremely passionate about providing the highest quality provision to enhance learning experiences and improve outcomes for all children. The manager involves staff and parents in evaluating the pre-school to ensure continually that she drives improvement. For example, she makes decisions with parents about how to spend additional funding to meet children’s needs.

• The manager has built excellent partnerships with other local provisions to support children fully who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities. For instance, staff work closely with other settings that children attend, to provide outstanding care and learning opportunities. This helps children to prepare for their move to school.

• Staff are highly skilled at encouraging children to learn in ways that excite and motivate them. For instance, staff encourage boys who want to play with cars to develop their early writing skills. Staff tape pens to vehicles that children push along and children enjoy making marks, as they develop their dexterity successfully.

• A highly engaging and inviting environment builds children’s enthusiasm for learning, and supports them to develop their imagination and creativity exceptionally well. Children excitedly ’perform’ on the stage, delivering puppet shows for their peers. • An extremely effective key-person system is in place.

Children form secure attachments with staff. This helps them to develop the confidence to attempt challenging physical activities. This is seen when children progress from holding onto staff as they carefully balance on wobbly bricks, to walking successfully to the end of the bricks after several attempts, proudly exclaiming, ’Look, I can do it on my own!’ • Staff encourage older, more-experienced children to support younger children to use a camera correctly.

Children respond well to one another and laugh at the photographs they take. This helps children to form positive relationships and develop a strong sense of achievement as they learn to work together. Children develop key skills needed for future learning.