A HAMPSHIRE pre-school has seen its Ofsted rating upgraded from "Inadequate" to "Good".

Hollytree Community Pre-School, which has places for almost 30 children, is based at the North Baddesley Community Centre in Fleming Avenue.

The latest Ofsted report says: "Children flourish at this pre-school where they feel a keen sense of belonging and are delighted about what they can achieve.

"They play and learn with a clear purpose because staff have high expectations of them and want the best for each child."

The report says youngsters are confident and demonstrate good listening and attention skills.

It adds: "Children love to sit in the book corner and share their favourite book of the week with one another. For example, they sit holding up the book 'Shark in the Park' opposite their friend and recite elements of the rhyming story.

"Children who are about to go to school show an exceptional understanding of linking sounds to letters.

"They are actively engaged and are enthusiastic during an adult-led activity. They proudly

demonstrate what they know and can do.

"Children behave extremely well. They show safe behaviours and demonstrate they are extremely happy. Children with special educational needs seek out their key person to play with, knowing they will be given the help and support they need."

The previous Ofsted inspection was carried out in December 2019, when the pre-school's overall effectiveness was rated as "Inadequate", which has now been upgraded to "Good".

Four sub-categories - quality of education, behaviour and attitude, personal development, and leadership and management as also rated "Good".