Welcome to Squirrel Lodge Pre-School
18 July 2017
In November 2016, Saint Nathaniel’s Academy were given the funding to provide a two year old room within the school. It was decided that the pre-school would be developed in a Year 3 classroom. The toilets had to be adapted and the outdoor provision had to be changed to meet the needs of the children. The classroom had to be altered, flooring had to be changed and resources had to be purchased to support the EYFS curriculum.
In December 2016, Linda Jones and Michelle Foulkes appointed four pre-school practitioners to work in Squirrel Lodge. Letters were sent out to parents to advertise our new pre-school and the Local Authority Early Years Development Officers advertised our provision to families in the Burslem and Middleport locality.
In January 2017, Squirrel Lodge Pre-school was opened.
When Ofsted inspected the school in January 2017, they visited Squirrel Lodge and quoted within the inspection report:
“The school has very recently opened provision for two-year-olds. Routines are being established and the youngest children are developing warm, nurturing relationships with their key workers. Safeguarding and welfare requirements are met.”
We have been on a fantastic journey with all our children in Squirrel Lodge. The parents have been very supportive of our pre-school and have attended lots of sessions with their children.
Thirty-two children are now receiving 15 hours provision in Squirrel Lodge. Twenty of these children will be attending our school nursery in September 2017. These children are already familiar with the school’s daily routines, behaviour policies and they participate in daily phonics and maths.
Squirrel Lodge is a real triumph for the school and allows children to explore and extend their own lines of enquiry. We have created a safe, caring and nurturing environment that has been designed and equipped to challenge and meet the needs of our little ones.
Over the last few months we have been supporting other schools in the trust with their 2 year old provision. Both Offley Primary Academy and St Michael’s Community Academy were really impressed with the standard of provision that the children receive in Squirrel Lodge.
Before and after the outdoor development
Before and after the classroom development
Lisa Sarikaya, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Operations and Executive Principal of Belgrave St. Bartholomew’s Academy and Westfield Nursery School, has been designated as a National Leader of Education (NLE) in the latest recruitment round.
Schools from the St. Bart’s Trust attend “Compass for Life”, an inspirational course to help enable children to focus on future goals and raise aspirations.
An article entitled “Secrets of making the grade: the challenge for MATs” written by CEO Chris Brislen has been featured in Academy Today and Edquarter.