Ofsted success

Blyth pre-school children and staff at Hodsock Priory
Blyth pre-school children and staff at Hodsock Priory

CHILDREN are all smiles at a Bassetlaw pre-school after their ‘outstanding’ success.

Blyth Pre-School has been awarded the top grade following a recent Ofsted visit.

The unannounced inspection took place in February where all areas of the inspections were marked as ‘outstanding’ much to the delight of staff, children, parents and committee.

The report praised all areas including the “enthusiastic and dedicated staff,” the children who make rapid progress and the continually improving setting.

But the pre-school is no stranger to success.

It is the second time it has received the ‘outstanding’ grade from inspectors. It was the first pre-school in the county to achieve the grade three years ago.

“We are all absolutely thrilled with the report,” said supervisor Sally Lewis.

“It shows that our pre-school is all about teamwork, working in partnership with parents, children and the committee.”

The staff work closely with the children to develop all areas of learning through play. Last year in their garden they created, amongst other things a willow tepee and salad garden.

The children also enjoy a weekly physical activity session and visited Hodsock Priory snowdrops in February.

“Blyth Pre-School gives children such a fantastic start to their education and it i s thanks to the parents, committee and dedicated staff who continue to excel in their roles,” said chairman Jacqueline McRory.

The pre-school has been open for 30 years and is based at Barnby Memorial Hall. It follows national curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage,

Run by a voluntary committee, it is funded by private fees, LEA vouchers, fundraising and grants and offers sessional day care, Monday to Friday for children aged two-and-a-half to five.