It’s not very often I have something good to say about ofsted. Living with a parent who was a teacher before taking early retirement has taught me to eye them as the devil and with good reason. The inspectors are full of people who have never even taught a class in their lives mixed with others who have failed at doing so. Indeed, I have heard from my Mum of one head teacher she knows of who went off with stress only to come back as an inspector a few years later… Sorry mate, but if you couldn’t hack it in the classroom then how do you think you can judge anyone else?
However, Ofsted’s Cheif Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw wants more nurseries attached to schools and I simply HAVE to agree! As the mother of a child at a school attached nursery, it all sounds like good thinking to me. I’m not getting into the two year old’s literacy and numeracy hours debate, although for lots of children whose parents can’t educate them at home through lack of skills themselves, I’m on board with that too. This is about nurseries being a part of school life, preparing children for what’s to come and starting as we mean to go on.
Florence has thrived from having a qualified teaching staff. I don’t mean a load of girl’s with an NVQ in ‘play’ (although I’m sure they’re very ‘nice’) and no one with any real education in charge, but fully qualified teachers in the classroom which runs like a mini school classroom. Our children need to learn properly and being dumped in a sandpit for a dumbing down session of castle building would never have satisfied her. Of course the children who don’t have the necessary skills or desires to learn or to read more have other options but the facilities are there for those who want to progress.
At Florence’s school, which we call school because it basically is one, they wear a uniform, they have school lunches and they do lots of things with the ‘big’ school. Social activities, sports days and school plays. Florence is a part of that school already and when September comes it won’t be a big transition at all…
And then there’s the fact that at the end of the day, bottom of the line and the long and the short of it is this… Private nurseries are there to make a profit. School attached nurseries are not. I know which priorities I’d like the qualified teaching staff looking after MY children to have!
I think it’s good for children, good for parents and good for schools! Ofsted… For once, you’ve said something I can get on board with.
MY LIFE WITH TWO!
We took a little break last week and spent a few days at my Mum’s. Jonny had to do some uni work and having us out of the way gives him time to get on really well for a bit and because it was Mother’s day weekend it was the perfect time to visit!
We didn’t do much other than see my lovely heavily pregnant friend and chit chat… I did go and look at a house for sale but we’re now thinking about perhaps moving to Chelmsford instead of Norwich so that Jonny can keep his job… We shall see!
The children had loads of fun in the garden on the new trampoline my Mum bought for them and played together really nicely!
Florence and Jimmy at my Mum’s last week all snuggled under a blanket on the sofa!
And then we came back for the last week of term at school before Easter! Florence has also started Girl’s Brigade which her teacher helps to run on a Thursday Evening so we had to come back for the last session of that not to mention ballet before the Easter holidays too! Blimey that girl is busy!