Pre-school is first class

Children and staff at Swineshead Pre-School Centre which has been judged outstanding by Ofsted.
Children and staff at Swineshead Pre-School Centre which has been judged outstanding by Ofsted.
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Children and staff at Swineshead Pre-School Centre are on an all-time high after a glowing report from Ofsted.

The pre-school has been judged outstanding in all areas by Ofsted inspector Carly Mooney after a visit in July, four years after the same inspector gave it only a good judgement.

A report after the inspection praised staff for having an “excellent knowledge” of how children learn, forming “close, trusting relationships” with parents and the exceptional care given to children with special needs and disabilities.

Centre manager Carolynn Fletcher’s expertise in overseeing the education provided by the pre-school was also highlighted and the only guidance given for further improvement was for staff to extend the “excellent range” of language, celebrations and experiences available to children.

Carolynn said: “As the manager of Swineshead Pre-School Centre, it was a very proud moment for all of us when it was awarded outstanding by Ofsted.

“I have an outstanding team of staff who have worked very hard over the years to maintain a high-class setting for the children and this Ofsted report is the cherry on top of our already iced cake.

“We are going to continue keeping the high level of care that we already have at Swineshead Pre-School Centre.”

About 70 children aged between two and four attend the pre-school which has sessions from 8am until 4pm, Monday to Friday, led by a team of ten staff.

In her Ofsted report, Ms Mooney said: “Children flourish and make rapid progress in their learning due to the exciting and highly stimulating setting, along with the excellent support they receive from staff.

“The children are highly respected as individuals and staff demonstrate a superb knowledge and understanding if individual children’s learning needs.

“The meticulous support staff give to children with special educational needs and disabilities is a particular strength of the setting and staff are highly experienced in working extremely closely with children’s families and outside professionals to fully provide for their needs.

“To improve its provision, the pre-school should extend its excellent range of celebrations and experiences to increase children’s understanding even further.”