Inspectors praise improving pre-school as ‘good’

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A PEAK District pre-school is back from the dead – and has been rated ‘good’ by inspectors.

In September, Grindleford Pre-school faced possible closure due to low numbers of children.

However, since then, under new management, it has undergone an unprecedented period of improvement and change welcomed by local parents across the community.

Jane Campbell, chairman of the Pre-school’s management committee, welcomed the Ofsted result.

She said: “This is great news.

“The community will be able to see that the changes that are being made are having a significant impact on the quality of care and on their children.

“Good is great, but we’re not resting on our laurels and have lots of plans for the future.”

Clare Hepworth, from Eyam, mum to two-year-olds Bertie and Bella, said the pre-school, was much improved.

She said: “Bertie and Bella instantly loved the new style.

“The feel is very calm and relaxed, but they come home bursting to tell me about their day.”

The ore-school will be increasing its opening hours and launching a Forest School in local woodland from January.

The pre-school has taken in children from Grindleford, Eyam, Calver and the Hope Valley areas since 1973.

Now under new management, the goal is to make it a sustainable facility for the community.

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