A HARDWORKING team is the secret behind the success of Lydiard Millicent Pre-School – which has been rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Following an inspection in March, the centre in The Butts passed with flying colours and improved on their previous rating of good, achieved in 2010.

Inspectors praised the pre-school’s teaching, the children’s progress and leadership.

Manager Caroline McKellar, manager, said: “We are very pleased to have our efforts recognised.

"At the minute we are currently full, but we’d expect a lot of interest in places with us in September.

“It is great to read the report as everything is so positive and it is very hard to pinpoint one particular highlight.

"Everything is so glowing and we are incredibly happy.” The centre cares for 48 children and has six members of staff.

Caroline said upgraded staff qualifications and a focus on improved teaching has helped the Lydiard Milicent pre-school obtain its move from a rating of good to outstanding rating.

She said: “I think this acknowledgement is a reflection of all the hard work from our staff. Everyone has played their part, one way or another.”

The report encourages Caroline and her team to continue maintaining their high standards.

Helen Millard, inspector, said: “The highly-qualified manager expertly leads an enthusiastic staff team who are committed to delivering exceptional provision. Regular observation and checking of staff performance ensures consistency in practice and high standards.

"Staff meet regularly to discuss children’s progress and the manager rigorously monitors the quality of provision through an exceptionally detailed and effective system. This maintains the high standards.

"Staff qualifications and training has an excellent impact on learning, as in the development of speech and language support lessons.

"Detailed self-evaluation ensures constant improvement and high standards.”

And the inspector said one of the key qualities at the centre is the staff’s dedication to their children.

“Staff use their excellent knowledge of how children learn and high-level teaching skills to provide an excellent range of learning opportunities," said Helen.

"Children initiate many activities themselves and they are given time to explore, investigate and think without interruption,” said Helen.

“New children settle quickly because staff take time to get to know each child and their family.

"Arrangements to care for children and support their wellbeing are excellent.

"Staff have a thorough understanding of child protection and of how to keep children safe.

"Staff are extremely good role models and they play alongside children encouraging older children to help younger ones.”

To see the full report visit http://reports.ofsted.gov.uk./inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/CARE/199450