Acorn2Oak Preschool

Name Acorn2Oak Preschool
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 14 June 2019
Address Castle Hill Junior School, Dryden Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 6QD
Phone Number 01473 748 333
Type Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Sessional day care
Gender Mixed
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Summary of key findings for parents

This provision is good • Parents speak very highly of the pre-school. They say staff are ’fantastic’ and offer ’endless support’ for children and their families. • Staff work well together as a strong team. They have meetings with the manager to discuss their professional development and identify well-targeted training to extend their knowledge and skills. • Clear areas are identified for improvement. The management asks parents and staff for feedback, and act on their ideas. • Children have a wide range of opportunities to enhance their learning through well-planned activities. Staff join in enthusiastically with children’s play. Children show close bonds with staff. • High levels of support are in place to support children with special educational needs and/or disabilities, and those who speak English as an additional language. Staff are proactive at working with outside agencies to help children and families get the support they need. • Staff are skilled at promoting children’s developing speech and communication. For instance, they use sign language, picture cards and a visual timetable to support children’s understanding and ability to communicate their needs. • Children make good progress from their individual starting points. They are confident, talkative and are able to do many things for themselves. Children are well prepared for school. • Occasionally, activities involving larger groups of children are not highly successful at extending children’s learning to the highest level. • The outdoor environment is not as carefully organised as the indoors, to encourage children to make independent choices and extend their self-chosen activities.