Autumn 2013 – Estyn Inspection report published

Graded “Good” in all areas

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Please follow the link above to see our inspection report:

A party was held for families, staff and committee members  on Wednesday 23rd October to celebrate all the hard work and effort which has resulted in a highly successful Estyn inspection ( Wales equivalent of Ofsted inspection)  outcome.  “Good” in all areas.

A good time was had by all with fancy dress, lucky dip gifts, bouncy castle, dancing  and games. All enjoyed the party fare, especially the yummy apple cake baked by the children using apples from the playgroup garden. Presteigne Mayor Mrs Bev Baynham came along to join in the fun. Mayor  Bev has nominated both Playgroup and East Radnor daycentre charities for her fund raising efforts whilst in office which is very much appreciated by all being a not for profit charity struggling to offer affordable day care for the little people of Presteigne and surrounding areas.

The Estyn inspector praised the playgroup for listening to parents and developing longer, flexible opening times for working parents. Now open Monday to Friday from 8am until 5.30pm with after school club also open to infant school age children up to age 8 years. The inspection gives an all-round standard of good quality provision. “ The playgroup is self evaluative and seeks every opportunity to improve its’  provision. This, over the last two years, has ensured a good and at times, very good quality of education and has resulted in positive gains for the children.”

Children, in conversation,  told the inspector “ they were very happy at playgroup and enjoyed coming. They said staff helped them whenever they need help. Storytelling and outside play were their favourites.”

The playgroup’s current performance is good because: the playgroup provides a wide range of stimulating activities and experiences for the children; all children make good progress and achieve well;

 the playgroup’s very good ethos and attention given to ensure children’s wellbeing;

 of the quality of teaching that supports every child;

 the consistently good provision and practice for care, support and guidance of the children;

 staff collaborate well in planning suitable activities for the children;

the playgroup is well resourced and benefits from close liaison with the primary school;

the playgroup benefits from the support of an active management committee


The playgroup’s prospects for improvement are good because: the staff work together well as a team and all are actively involved in planning; the management committee are well informed and are fully focused on developing the playgroup and ensuring progress;

 the staff and management share a common aim and that is to maintain standards and improve where possible;

 the recent track record that has established the playgroup on a sound financial footing;

 the forward planning that has identified continual professional development as a key aim for improvement;

 the support provided by the local authority support officer and the Welsh Pre-school Playgroup Association.


Anyone interested in finding out more about Presteigne Little Peoples playgroup and day care please get in touch.

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Or Phone the Manager Sophie Watts : 01544 262 130


Spring 2013 – We are thinking about organising a holiday club, to provide some childcare during the school holidays.

Please let us know if this would be of interest to you, email us: