Glowing inspection for Rhyl pre-school which helped families during floods


Staff reporter (Rhyl Journal)

A PRE-school which helped families during Rhyl floods last December has received a glowing inspection from an education watchdog. 

West Rhyl's Little Acorns, which forms part of the Oak Tree Centre, an integrated children's centre, was inspected in May and Estyn found the current performance to be good, with good prospects for further improvement. 

Cllr Huw Jones, Denbighshire Council's Cabinet Lead Member for Leisure, Youth, Tourism and Rural Development, said: "This is a great example of how a number of council services work together and with other community agencies towards a common aim - to provide the best possible start for our children. 

"Little Acorns, as part of the wider offer at the Oak Tree Centre, provides a valuable service to the local community. It is well-established and is fast earning a good reputation for quality childcare and pre-school education. 

“Little Acorns will continue to work to further improve the provision, with a focus on improving standards in Welsh, developing a consistent approach for recording children's daily achievements and ensuring that improvement plans has a direct impact on pupil outcomes. 

The report said Little Acorns was deemed to be excellent for partnership working, providing 'first rate support and advice', and highlighted the 'highly effective partnership' arrangements with similar establishments in North East England and in Cardiff, with the partnership with the local primary school also classed as 'outstanding'.

The introduction of a mobile creche during last winter's flooding was also deemed to be an 'outstanding feature', providing invaluable support to families in the storm affected areas. 

Estyn also highlighted effective team work, a good provision for developing literacy and numeracy skills and quality of teaching and opportunities for learners. 

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