Great and Small Forest School

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About Great and Small Forest School

Name Great and Small Forest School
Ofsted Inspections
Address Cottams Farm, Whalley Road, Clayton Le Moors, Accrington, BB5 5SB
Phase Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Full day care
Gender Mixed
Local Authority Lancashire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents

The provision is outstanding • Staff make excellent use of the natural outdoors as a learning environment. They carry out robust assessments of children's learning and development and use these to ensure children are highly challenged. Children make excellent progress.

• Children have extremely high levels of safety awareness. For instance, staff teach them how to identify nettles and brambles to help to prevent scratches and stings. Children remind other children and staff of the dangers of touching these.

• Highly effective arrangements are in place to ensure parents play a full and active role in their child's early learning. Staff and parents share information about ...the progress children make at the forest school and at home extremely well. Parents are effusive in their praise of the provision.

• The inspiring management team and well-qualified staff are committed to making continuous improvements. Their passion, energy and high expectations of children supports the exceptional teaching to continually raise outcomes for children. • Children's behaviour is excellent.

They are kind and polite, show consideration towards others and are extraordinarily confident in the natural environment. • Children are extremely happy and calm as they play. They attend sessions with their parents prior to starting and develop strong bonds with staff as they settle in.

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