Hedgehogs Pre-School


Name Hedgehogs Pre-School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 25 September 2017
Address Hempstead Village Hall, 169 Hempstead Road, Gillingham, ME7 3QG
Phone Number 01634 953743
Type Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Sessional day care
Gender Mixed

Summary of key findings for parents

This provision is outstanding The provider is extremely enthusiastic and continuously strives for further improvements. She uses rigorous evaluation and reflection, constantly gathering the views of parents, children and staff, to identify and target areas for improvement. The staff provide exciting and challenging activities based on children’s development needs and interests. Children thoroughly enjoy learning and make excellent progress from their starting points. The quality of teaching is consistently extremely strong. For example, the well-qualified staff use highly effective skilful questioning to extend children’s learning and encourage their problem-solving and thinking skills. Children are exceptionally happy and settle very quickly. They benefit from an excellent variety of hands-on and real-life experiences. They develop extremely positive attitudes towards learning, showing high levels of confidence and self-esteem. The provider and staff have very high expectations for children. The learning assessment process is excellent and staff provide extensive support to each child, working extremely closely with parents and others, to swiftly identify and close any gaps in children’s development. The outdoor space is exceptionally well resourced and organised, and has been carefully planned to cover all areas of learning. Children are inspired to extend their learning when playing outdoors.