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Children, staff and parents at Freshford Pre-school are thrilled to be celebrating the new year with an Outstanding grade from Ofsted, following an inspection in the final week of last term.

The inspector, who spent a morning at the pre-school, deemed it to be Outstanding in all four areas: effectiveness of leadership and management; quality of teaching, learning and assessment; personal development, behaviour and welfare; and outcomes for children.

Specific comments on the report included ‘The manager and staff provide children with an excellent balance of exciting and inventive learning experiences, with a strong emphasis placed on the children leading their own play.’ and ‘Children flourish and make superb use of the outside area to be physically active. They gain a wonderful awareness of people’s similarities and differences and of cultures different to their own.’

Debbie Giles, Freshford Pre-school Manager is delighted with the outcome. “We are so pleased that Ofsted recognises the level of achievement of our children. We try hard to offer a variety of engaging activities and experiences for the children throughout the year and work with each child to realise their individual development milestones. This is a great boost to everyone involved in the Pre-school and we are incredibly proud of this result.”

Freshford Pre-school is a community run pre-school welcoming children from Freshford and Limpley Stoke as well as the surrounding area, including Combe Down and Bradford on Avon. It offers fun, creative and stimulating early years education and care for children aged between 2 years 6 months and 5 years during term time. The pre-school places a special focus on outdoor learning with weekly Forest School sessions throughout the year.

The pre-school is currently taking registrations for September 2017. For more information visit or contact Business Manager, Jen Harper at email hidden; JavaScript is required