Staff at a pre-school which was facing closure last September, are celebrating after receiving an outstanding rating from Ofsted.
Ladybirds Pre-School in Walpole Cross Keys is on a high after receiving a glowing report from the education inspectors last week.
The pre-school, based in the village primary school in Sutton Road, was judged as ‘good’ five years ago, but following an inspection last month it has now been assessed as outstanding in all aspects of early years education.
Pre-school manager Nikki Courtman is over the moon with the rating.
She said: “It is a tremendous achievement. In September we did not know if we were going to remain open as we were struggling for numbers but that is steadily picking up. Hopefully this Ofsted will bring more children in.
“Our secret is being proactive with change. We have a lot of two-year-olds and have been to the Discovery Centre in Lynn to watch. We are also proactive with changes in legislation. We have a committed team.”
A report written by inspector Deborah Hunt said: “The learning environment is used superbly to harness and capture children’s interest and fuel their imagination.
“The cohesive, experienced and stable team know children extremely well and offers them a cosy, relaxed and stimulating environment and a wealth of stimulating activities.”
Ms Hunt said children benefit from high quality teaching and individually tailored educational programmes, with the “in-depth knowledge” of staff on how each child prefers to learn ensuring that they make excellent progress.
She highlighted how youngsters immerse themselves in enhanced activities, such as creating woolly sheep and egg-box dragons, as well as tasting Chinese noodles and spring rolls, using chopsticks and listening to stories about Chinese New Year.
The behaviour of children was also praised, as was effectiveness of leadership and management.
The pre-school takes in children from Walpole Cross Keys along with the surrounding villages.