Cloud over 'outstanding' pre-school

By Mark Pritchett in Local People

THE future of Stawley Preschool is hanging in the balance just weeks after it received an ‘Outstanding’ rating from schools watchdog Ofsted.

The pre-school for under-fives is based at Appley Pavilion and runs morning and afternoon sessions for close to 30 children. But the committee-run pre-school needs new blood to take on a number of roles otherwise it could shut.

Chairman Philippa Reader said: “Each year we have been able to elect a number of parents onto the committee, although this is becoming an increasingly difficult task. This year a number of committee members will be stepping down and if we are unable to fill the positions, the pre-school will be forced to close.”

She added that a chairman was needed to oversee the running of the pre-school by liaising with staff and committee; a treasurer to manage the budget and oversee funding; a rep to liaise between pre-school and pavilion committees; maintenance to keep the outside play area in good order and functioning safely; and marketing to develop a marketing strategy.

In the Ofsted inspection in May Stawley Preschool received the highest rating in all four areas covered in the report –­ effectiveness of leadership and management; quality of teaching, learning and assessment; personal development, behaviour and welfare; and outcomes for children.

Philippa told the WWN: “The support is there and the staff are very good, but at

the moment it’s not looking particularly hopeful.”

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