Good report prompts picnic

Ruskington Rascals children celebrate their good Ofsted report with a teddy bears picnic, pictured with owner Linda Ashby and staff Elaine Lee, Louise Orme, Anna Burton and Kathleen Turner. EMN-150930-161429001
Ruskington Rascals children celebrate their good Ofsted report with a teddy bears picnic, pictured with owner Linda Ashby and staff Elaine Lee, Louise Orme, Anna Burton and Kathleen Turner. EMN-150930-161429001

A village pre-school celebrated receiving a ‘good’ grading from Ofsted with a teddy bears’ picnic.

Ruskington Rascals pre-school, based in Ruskington Village Hall has maintained a ‘good’ standard in the eyes of Ofsted inspectors despite judging criteria becoming more stringent since the last inspection in 2009. The report has just been released after the inspection on July 15.

Owner Linda Ashby said: “This is due to the hard work and dedication of all the staff to ensure that the children attending Rascals have the best start to their education.”

She also thanked parents and grandparents for their support and cooperation.

Mrs Ashby started out as a volunteer at Rascals 15 years ago and took over five years later. She now has a BAHons degree in Early Education.

There are six highly trained staff, including a trained primary school teacher, supervising the 34 children aged two to five.

The inspection report said the quality of teaching is consistently good and children are encouraged to think for themselves and grow in confidence. “Staff challenge children appropriately so they make good progress,” it stated.

Mrs Ashby said it was now a matter of continual improvements through training and re-evaluating.

Inspectors recommended the setting provides more activities to encourage children to develop their early writing skills and support staff training to achieve an ‘outstanding’ rating.