Inspector praises Hedgehogs preschool

Published on: 02 Jan 2015

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HAMBROOK Hedgehogs Preschool has been rated as good by Ofsted for a second time.

The inspector also gave the preschool the highest rating of outstanding for the contribution it makes to children’s wellbeing.

Manager Zoe Hendy said: “We are especially pleased with the rating this year because there has been an overhaul of inspections in early years where the bar has been raised significantly. We work extremely hard to provide the best possible start for all of our children and we are delighted that the setting has been recognised in this way.”

Hambrook Hedgehogs opened in 2011 and runs preschool sessions for children from the age of two upwards. Children come from a wide geographical area including Downend, Frenchay, Stoke Park and Emerson Green as well as the local Hambrook community. The preschool has a strong relationship with its neighbour Hambrook Primary School, where Hambrook Hedgehogs also runs a popular after-school club.

Zoe, a qualified forest school leader and one of two staff at Hambrook Hedgehogs with forest skills qualifications, added: “We were pleased that Ofsted recognised the benefits that our emphasis on outdoor play has for the children. In addition to our own outdoor areas we are fortunate to be able to make good, regular use of Hambrook Primary School’s nature garden too, helping the children learn through outdoor play.

“We have a strong, highly qualified and experienced team which was recognised by the inspector whose praise included particular emphasis on our teaching strategies, our stimulating environment and our relationships with both children and parents.”

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