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‘Good’ rating for Wisbech St Mary Pre-School


Staff and children at a Fenland pre-school are celebrating after receiving a good rating from Ofsted inspectors.

Wisbech St Mary Pre-School had previously been rated as inadequate but hard work has paid off to help turn the group’s fortunes around.

The inspection team praised the teaching, along with the good relationships between staff and the children.

Chairman Abi Payne is over the moon.

She said: “We have a very strong committee and staffing team which has enabled us to put in the hard work and dedication.”

The report has praised the pre-school’s teaching.

It states: “Teaching is good. Staff readily play alongside children and enter their imaginary worlds.

“They pretend to be pirates and, in this way, promote learning by encouraging children to draw treasure maps, follow directions and eventually practise counting their gold coins and treasure.”

Inspectors praised the staff’s “strong bonds” with the children.

It adds: “Since the last inspection, the pre-school has made good progress. The management team has embraced the support from the local authority advisors and colleagues from other local early year’s provisions.

“This has proved to be invaluable in addressing actions and recommendations raised previously.”

The pre-school has been advised to “refine ways to coach and supervise staff” to further enhance the quality of teaching.

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