Outstanding pre-school celebrates Ofsted praise

Uplands pre-school has received an 'outstanding' Ofsted report. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Uplands pre-school has received an 'outstanding' Ofsted report. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Staff and children at a popular pre-school are celebrating once more – after being rated 'outstanding' for the second time in four years.

Uplands pre-school has received an 'outstanding' Ofsted report. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Uplands pre-school has received an 'outstanding' Ofsted report. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Uplands Pre-School, in Carlton Colville, Lowestoft received a top rating in every area of its assessment by the education watchdog Ofsted.

And after receiving an extra-special Christmas present with the inspection report released on Christmas Eve, celebrations took place last week as a special lunch was held.

With Pandora the Panda – the pre-school's mascot – in attendance, a celebratory cake was cut as delighted staff marked the 'fantastic success'.

The inspectors' report says: 'Teaching is exceptional. Staff successfully support and promote children's development. Children are very happy and their behaviour is exemplary. Partnerships with parents are outstanding.'

Uplands pre-school has received an 'outstanding' Ofsted report. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Uplands pre-school has received an 'outstanding' Ofsted report. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Manager Sam Howlett said the success was all down to the hard work of a 'really dedicated team'. She said: 'To receive outstanding in all areas was amazing. It was a lovely Christmas present.'

To improve further, the pre-school – which is based at Uplands Community Centre in Ashburnham Way – was given an action task to 'enhance the exceptional outdoor learning environment'.

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And before Christmas, a sponsored walk was held to raise funds – with parents praised for helping to raise £1,600 towards extending the outside area.

Mrs Howlett, who has worked at the pre-school for 17 years, added: 'We have about 60 children aged between two-and-a-half and four-and-a-half on roll, with nine members of staff and 140 children on our waiting list. We have got a really dedicated team and this is a fantastic success.'

The Ofsted report, based on a visit by inspectors last month, praised the 'highly skilled' staff and all the children who 'thrive in this stimulating pre-school'.

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