An inspector calls to commend pre-school

Leader of the Hansel & Gretel Pre-school, Lorriane Robinson, and Anita Bell with Ann McRoberts and Karen McIlroy cut the cake to celebrate achieving an "Outstanding" grade awarded by the Department of Education. INLT 13-043-PSB
Leader of the Hansel & Gretel Pre-school, Lorriane Robinson, and Anita Bell with Ann McRoberts and Karen McIlroy cut the cake to celebrate achieving an "Outstanding" grade awarded by the Department of Education. INLT 13-043-PSB

Hansel and Gretel Pre-school in Glynn is celebrating after receiving the highest grade possible following a recent inspection.

The facility was graded as being “outstanding” for children’s achievements and standards, quality of provision, and leadership.

The inspection report referred to infants’ “lengthy periods of concentrated, productive and co-operative play” and remarked on a high level of independence, nurtured by the staff’s skilful planning and attention to detail.

Appreciative of the warm, calm and welcoming atmosphere, the inspector also praised provision of pastoral care.

Hansel and Gretel’s curricular links with Glynn Primary School smoothed the transition into P1, the report added. ”The leader is highly motivated and provides outstanding leadership,” it also noted.

Hansel and Gretel is a parent-led group in which parents and carers make up the management committee. They support and collaborate with the staff to develop provision for the benefit of the whole community.

Chairperson of the pre-school committee, Isobel Parke, said: “We are delighted to receive outstanding status from the Department of Education. This is a team effort made possible by the commitment of not only the staff and management but also the parents and carers who support the work of the group in many different ways, including fundraising, helping out at events, sharing their skills with the children and, most importantly, by involving themselves in their child’s play and learning experiences.”

See the report at etini.gov.uk