Joy as pre-school makes the grade

Stanley Village Pre-School has recieved a Good Ofsted result, pictured are children and staff
Stanley Village Pre-School has recieved a Good Ofsted result, pictured are children and staff

A preschool that was rated as ‘inadequate’ in September by Ofsted has now regained its ‘good’ ranking following its latest inspection.

Stanley Village Pre-School on Park Avenue received the inadequate rating following a concern about a child being given food they were allergic to.

When an inspector returned to the school in November they found that staff were meeting the standards in all area.

The report stated: “Leadership and management are good. They have worked hard since the last inspection and the subsequent monitoring visit carried out by Ofsted. “They worked with the local authority to gain advice and guidance to address weaknesses and have worked positively to improve the service they provide.

“All practitioners know what steps to take if they are concerned about a child and know who to contact for additional support and advice.”

Joanne Berry, manager at the pre-school, said that staff were delighted to be back to a good rating.

She said: “We are obviously thrilled to bits. I think it’s what we deserved anyway.

“Everyone has worked so hard. Now we will go onwards and upwards and will carry on.”

The report also stated that the quality of teaching is good, they have strong partnerships with parents and children’s behaviour is good.

Other comments included in the latest report are: ‘Children enjoy a good balance of adult-led and child-initiated activities ‘ and ‘Children have ample opportunities to be creative and explore different media.’