Little Pippins pre-school at Greenmeadow Children’s Centre was on an OFSTED rollercoaster last year, having been deemed inadequate after an inspection in January, to a much improved report of good in October, with four areas declared outstanding.
Manager Stephanie Slade said, “the staff felt very demotivated at the beginning of the year when the inspection happened just 4 days after we’d moved into our new premises at Greenmeadow. However with help from Swindon Borough Council and our Early Years’ advisor we set up fortnightly target group meetings to turn things around. We were re-inspected in October and it was a huge relief. When we found out how good the review was it was brilliant, and just goes to show how hard all the staff worked to improve things.”
The preschool was marked outstanding on parent partnerships, deployment of resources, effectiveness of leadership and healthy lifestyles.
“We have very good communication with parents, including home visits and daily diaries. We’ve stepped up our fundraising activities and have identified a number of ways to improve the setting for both staff and children. We prepare all snacks on the premises and like to give them an ethnic twist so children get a varied diet,” said Stephanie.
The preschool is now taking names for September 2011. To register mail: email@example.com
Little Pippins with their staff, from left, Marie Birch, Stephanie Slade, Claire Parker, Sue Budd