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By Julie Smartfreelance education writer.

Discover how a new leader and committee gave their pre-school a new lease of life and have been rewarded with an Outstanding Ofsted grade

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There is an African proverb, ‘It takes a village to raise a child’, which deserves to be the motto for Puddleducks, the committee-run pre-school in Bishop Monkton, North Yorkshire, where everyone has had a part to play in its success.

In August 2007, Angela Oldershaw took over as leader, when there were only eight children on the register. The previous leader had just resigned and Angela, a qualified teacher whose son had attended the pre-school, stepped in to help rather than see it close. ‘I had no idea what I was letting myself in for,’ says Angela. ‘There was nothing – no policies or procedures, not even a record of the children’s names.’ Angela has taught children of all ages in private, state and boarding schools, as well as Montessori. ‘I wasn’t interested in running a babysitting service,’ she says. ‘I made it clear that if I was going to run Puddleducks, it would have to be outstanding.’

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  1. Amanda Deam
    on 7 April 2010

    Shining Stars

    Well done Angela, I know the work that is involved and its not easy. I am also aiming for 'outstanding' since taking over in Sept 2008, we are still waiting our Ofsted. Its always nice to hear the success stories, well deserved. Good luck for the future.