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Exning pre-school is outstanding for the third time in a row

PUBLISHED: 18:00 25 April 2016

Staff and children at Stepping Stones Pre-School in Exning are celebrating their outstanding Ofsted report.

Staff and children at Stepping Stones Pre-School in Exning are celebrating their outstanding Ofsted report.

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An Exning pre-school has received top marks for its third consecutive Ofsted inspection.

Stepping Stones pre-school was graded outstanding in all areas in a report published last week, following an inspection in March.

“It’s nice to be recognised for the work we do, because it’s incredibly important to get it right in the early years for children,” said manager Sarah Thompson.

She has been there 11 years and this is her third outstanding Ofsted report, following previous inspections in 2007 and 2011.

“We were over the moon and, I have to say, it wasn’t something I was worried about if I’m honest,” said Mrs Thompson.

“I’m all for Ofsted inspections. I think they’re really important and I knew we would be absolutely fine.”

She said she was “really proud” of her team, whom she said worked hard “every single day”.

Ofsted inspector Lynn Clements described Stepping Stones as an “outstandingly stimulating and welcoming environment” for children.

“They become extremely keen learners and demonstrate exceptionally positive behaviour,” said her report.

She added: “Every child makes exceptional progress, including those who have 
special educational needs, those for whom the setting receives additional funding and the most able. Their 
personal achievements are widely recognised and celebrated.”

The pre-school looks after children between the ages of two and four, with 48 children on the register and 26 places per session.

Mrs Thompson added: “It’s quite rare for three times on the run (to be outstanding) so we were over the moon. It makes the hard work worthwhile.”

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