Staff at a pre-school are ‘over the moon’ after receiving a top rating by education watchdogs.
CATEY Pre-School, in Cockfield, has been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted for the effectiveness of its leadership and management, the quality of the teaching, and the personal devlopment and outcome for children.
“Everyone is over the moon,” said Dick Bayes, chairman of the pre-school.
“We almost got it four years when the new criteria came in and are delighted to achieve the top rating this time.
“Everyone enjoys working at the school and helping children learn through play. It is well deserved.”
CATEY, which stands for Cockfield and Thorpe Early Years, was established by a group of parents in 1994.
Since then the school has expanded to cater for 24 children, has a covered outside play area and a new astro-turf area was added this year.
A limited charity, and member of the Pr-School Learning Alliance, the school takes children from ages two and up, and also runs a breakfast and after school club for children up to eight-years-old.
The pre-school has two full-time staff and three part-time staff .
It also recently introduced yoga classes for children, which impressed inspectors.
Ofsted praised the pre-school for the ‘highly-committed staff’, how children ‘thoroughly enjoyed their time’ there, how relations with parents and carers is ‘excellent’ and how the children’s move to full-time school was ‘significantly’ enhanced.
“We are absolutely thrilled and would just like to thank all their staff for their efforts,’ said CATEY leader Tereas Rutterford. “Our only recommendation is to carry on as we are, make sure we monitor how we do it, and share the knowledge where we can.”