Lydiard Millicent Pre-school has recently moved into a refurbished building which has been applauded by all, writes Sharon Watson.
We now have a spacious classroom, an art activities area, purpose built toilets, an office, a separate area for eating, and a kitchen. The children also have access to their own outside area with a canopy so they can enjoy the garden in all weathers. This is a contrast to our previous location in a small classroom.
The children, staff and parents are all delighted. Some parents’ comments were, ‘amazing,’ ‘such a lovely big space,’ ‘my daughter dragged her father in to show him the lovely new ladybird toilets.’
Ofsted inspected the pre-school shortly after the move in September. They describe the provision as ‘Good’ with two aspects rated ‘Outstanding,’ commenting on ‘the effectiveness with which the setting promotes equality and diversity’ and ‘the effectiveness of the setting’s engagement with parents and carers.’
The inspectors say, ‘the very recent move to the skilfully-renovated premises has been extremely advantageous for the children’s learning. Movement around the classrooms is easy and children are encouraged to be even more independent because staff are able to see all areas and constantly check on their activities.”
The pre-school caters for 35 children aged 2 ½ to 5 years and because of the new larger premises, six extra places are available per day.
Children are welcomed from all sections of the community which includes homes in West Swindon, children with special educational needs and/or disabilities and those who speak English as an additional language.
Sessions run from Monday to Friday, 8.45am to 11.45am and 11.45am to 2.45pm. For details, or to arrange a visit, call Anne Hobson on 772981 or mail: email@example.com
Pictured: Lydiard Millicent pre-school children in their newly refurbished building with supervisor Caroline McKellar, centre, Anne Hobson, left, and Cindy Humphries