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EDUCATION AWARDS 2018: Cinder Ash rises like a phoenix to be Pre-School of the Year 2018




Winners and finalists in the Pre-School of the Year category, with Suzie Bulbeck (centre), director of awards sponsors Riverside Training. Photo (TIM WILSON): 050718110SG.
Winners and finalists in the Pre-School of the Year category, with Suzie Bulbeck (centre), director of awards sponsors Riverside Training. Photo (TIM WILSON): 050718110SG.

A Long Sutton nursery where staff were staring potential closure in the face has completed an amazing turnaround to be named Lincolnshire Free Press/Spalding Guardian Pre-School of the Year 2018.

Committee members from Cinder Ash Pre-School were rewarded for their efforts in reviving a setting that went from having just ten children in 2015 to 70 at present.

Other finalists in the category were Kirton Nursery School and Little Treasures Nursery, Holbeach.

Staff from Kirton Nursery School and Little Treasures Nursery, Holbeach, with Suzie Bulbeck (third right), director of awards sponsors Riverside Training. Photo (TIM WILSON): 050718109SG.
Staff from Kirton Nursery School and Little Treasures Nursery, Holbeach, with Suzie Bulbeck (third right), director of awards sponsors Riverside Training. Photo (TIM WILSON): 050718109SG.

Other finalists in the category were Kirton Nursery School and Little Treasures Nursery, Holbeach.

Lucy Cooper, manager of Cinder Ash, said: "There's been a massive change and the parents love what we've done at the pre-school.

"We're really lucky to have so many people have noticed the change and like it.

"Even parents who were children here 20 years ago are bringing their own young ones here now."

"I really do have the best staff I could ask for who make the pre-school what it is and, for all the wonderful work they do, they have been the main cog in Cinder Ash's success.

Cinder Ash, now in its 45th year, is celebrating its 25th anniversary at The Pavilion in Cinder Ash Park, Long Sutton, where major improvements were carried out two years ago (read more here).

An Ofsted report last December rated the pre-school "good" in all areas, praising staff for providing children with a "wide range of exciting and stimulating resources."

The committee of Cinder Ash Pre-School, Long Sutton, deputy manager Melissa Leuty Beth Owen, Kirsty Stevens and manager Lucy Cooper, alongside committee members Nicola Cooper and Kerry Bailey, with Suzie Bulbeck, director of awards sponsors Riverside Training. Photo (TIM WILSON): 050718108SG.
The committee of Cinder Ash Pre-School, Long Sutton, deputy manager Melissa Leuty Beth Owen, Kirsty Stevens and manager Lucy Cooper, alongside committee members Nicola Cooper and Kerry Bailey, with Suzie Bulbeck, director of awards sponsors Riverside Training. Photo (TIM WILSON): 050718108SG.

The judges said: "The choice of Cinder Ash Pre-School was based on the fact that its committee members and staff have worked hard to save it from the threat of closure and revitalised the early years setting, both cosmetically and educationally."

Deputy manager Melissa Leuty said: "It was an honour and pleasure for our staff team to attend, and be awarded, for Pre-School of the Year 2018.

"Since joining the team back in May 2016, our current manager Lucy Cooper is the only member of staff to have stayed since I joined her a few months later.

"Lucy is a dedicated manager who has built the pre-school up to where it is today and having been lucky enough to have been made deputy manager last year, after being a key worker at Cinder Ash Pre-School, it has been a privilege to work so closely with her. "



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