CATEY pre-school in County Durham has been rated ‘outstanding’ by education watchdog Ofsted, leaving staff thrilled.

The rating comes as the effectiveness of its leadership and management, quality of teaching and personal development and outcomes for children were praised.

Chairman of the pre-school Dick Bayes has said of the result, “Everyone is over the moon.”

He added: “We almost got it four years ago when the new criteria came in and are delighted to achieve the top rating this time.

“Everyone enjoys working at the school and helping children learn through play. It is well deserved.”

CATEY, short for Cockfield and Thorpe Early Years, has been operating since 1994, now caring for 24 children. The setting boasts an outdoor play area with a new astro-turf area, which was added earlier this year.

CATEY is a limited charity and member of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, providing care for children aged up to 8 years old.

With 5 member of staff, they recently launched yoga classes for children, impressing inspectors. Ofsted praised the setting for its ‘highly committed staff’ highlighting how children enjoyed their time there, and that the relationship between staff and parents was ‘excellent’ enhancing the children’s move to full time schooling.

CATEY leader Teresa Rutterfood said of the result:

“We are absolutely thrilled and would just like to thank all their staff for their efforts.

“Our only recommendation is to carry on as we are, make sure we monitor how we do it, and share the knowledge where we can.”



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