Pre-school all set for new era

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORING -

A PRE-SCHOOL is cel­e­brat­ing af­ter get­ting a clean bill of health from ed­u­ca­tion in­spec­tors.

Lo­s­tock Hall Pre-school re­ceived a ‘good’ rat­ing from Of­sted af­ter its visit in April.

It echoes the achieve­ment by the Poyn­ton nurs­ery dur­ing its last in­spec­tion in 2009.

Owner Kathryn Far­rar has an­nounced she is to re­tire af­ter 15 years in the role.

Lo­s­tock Hall Pri­mary, where the nurs­ery is based, is to take over its man­age­ment from Septem­ber.

The pre-school will be hold­ing an open day on July 16 from 9am-3pm for present and prospec­tive par­ents to meet staff and reg­is­ter for the next term.

Head­teacher Gra­ham Hamil­ton said: “We would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank Mrs Far­rar for her ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment she has given in run­ning the pre-school so suc­cess­fully for the last 15 years.

“We look for­ward to meet­ing many new faces and form­ing new long term re­la­tion­ships.”

In its main find­ings Of­sted found chil­dren ‘happy’ and ‘emo­tion­ally se­cure’ at the pre-school.

In­spec­tors found ‘con­sis­tently good’ teach­ing which al­lowed chil­dren to make ‘good progress’.

Of­sted found the part­ner­ship with Lo­s­tock Hall Pri­mary is ‘very good’, help­ing chil­dren to ‘ac­quire the key skills they need to move con­fi­dently into their school Re­cep­tion year’.

In­spec­tors found nurs­ery staff were ‘calm and cheer­ful role mod­els’ who ‘un­der­stand how chil­dren learn’ and ‘or­gan­ise re­sources and space to pro­mote chil­dren’s choice and in­de­pen­dence’.

Of­sted also saw good re­la­tion­ships be­tween staff and par­ents, where progress is shared.

●● Lo­s­tock Hall pre-school’s new team are manager Emma Old­ham, deputy manager Shabeena Bani and nurs­ery as­sis­tant Sarah Bar­ber fol­low­ing the takeover by Lo­s­tock Hall Pri­mary

●● Poyn­ton Jem­mers out­side Macclesfield Town Hall

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