CHILDREN arrive with excitement and confidence at a Stroud kindergarten, claim inspectors from education regulator Ofsted. 

Lindens Early Years, based in Lower Street, Stroud, received inspectors on Wednesday, September 13. 

The kindergarten, which in March was told it required improvements, has now received a Good Ofsted rating following a re-inspection. 

Lindens Early Years, which currently has 26 children on roll between the ages of 2 and 6 plus follows the Steiner curriculum, was rated as good in all categories. 

Inspectors said: "Children arrive with excitement and confidence, ready for their day.

"Staff welcome families with their kind, nurturing manner.

Stroud News and Journal: Ofsted report for Lindens Early Years, based in Lower Street, Stroud

"They give parents time for discussion and the exchange of information to help to ensure that children are well supported during their day.

"All children, even those who have very recently started at the kindergarten, settle with ease.

"Parents leave happy knowing that their children are safe and secure and their needs are being met.

Children have lots of opportunities to develop their physical skills.

"They strengthen their small hand muscles for early writing skills, for example, when they manipulate dough with their hands.

"In the garden, children climb trees and ropes and dig holes in the large sandpit.

"Children become physically confident.

"Parents say that the staff are very kind and approachable and their children love attending.

"Leaders regularly invite parents into the kindergarten to join celebrations of festivals, have picnics for new parents to meet, and parents' evening to discuss their children's learning.

"Staff are good role models for the children.

"They speak to children respectfully and engage them in meaningful discussions. 

According to Ofsted, there were also two things Lindens should do to further improve the quality of the provision. 

Inspectors said they should "support staff to consistently manage children's behaviour effectively and help children to understand the impact that their actions may have on others plus enhance staff's use of questions so that children have time to think and respond, to extend their thinking even further."