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Lostwithiel Preschool gets Outstanding Ofsted and Big Lottery grant

Wednesday 17th June 2015

Lostwithiel Preschool is thrilled to have received both an ‘Outstanding’ judgement and a grant from The Big Lottery Fund this year.

Julie Wright visited the preschool in May and joined the children and staff for one of their Forest School sessions, where she observed them making seed bombs and cooking popcorn on the fire. Her inspection report states that ‘Children benefit greatly from the high quality provision’ and staff were praised for placing a ‘keen emphasis on the natural world.’

Sarah Hercod, Preschool Manager said, ‘I was impressed by the fact that the inspector was willing to borrow a pair of wellies and join us at Forest School for the morning. She was, of course, made to feel very welcome and was even offered a cup of tea at snack time by Lottie, aged 3!”

Lostwithiel Preschool offers two Forest School sessions per week, which are run by their Forest School Leader, Tor Redhead. The preschool has prioritised the development of outdoor play since receiving a grant of £9997 from The Big Lottery Fund in August 2014.

The funding was used to install a canopy over the decking and a welly boot store, both of which give access to the garden areas in all weathers. Two large planters, a small seating area and a set of coloured chimes provide opportunities for children to explore the environment with all five senses.

“It’s been a cracking year for Lostwithiel Preschool,” said Dominic Bond, committee member and parent. “The staff and committee have always worked hard so to have this kind of praise is extremely rewarding.”

The preschool is open daily during term time and offers places for children from 2 ½ to 4 years of age. More information can be found on their website: