A BRIDPORT pre-school rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted has had its achievement recognised by Dorset County Council.

Bradpole Pre-school leader Kathryn Cosser said they were absolutely delighted the achievement of the 10-strong team had been acknowledged at a ceremony.

She said: “I think we might be the only pre-school in Bridport with the outstanding rating.

“It was sad that only two of us could go and collect the award because it should reflect everybody.

“It is a huge achievement for a group of people.”

Bradpole Pre-School, which meets on the Sir John Colfox site, caters for 65 children a day.

People dedicated to working with young children in Dorset were recognised for their achievements at the Early Years and Childcare Awards 2012.

The ceremony celebrated the nurseries, pre-schools and childminders that received the highest Ofsted grade of ‘outstanding’ over the last year.

Dorset County Council’s acting director for children’s services Jackie Last and Coun Toni Coombs, cabinet member for children’s services, presented the awards.

She said: “Caring for young children is a huge responsibility.

“We believe that the early years of a child’s life are the most important in their development, so it is fantastic that there are a number of outstanding early years and childcare settings across Dorset.”

Awards were also presented to those committed to improving their knowledge and skills working with children by attaining graduate Early Years Professional Status and the Early Years Foundation Degree.

Coun Coombs added: “It can be rather daunting going back to classroom and sitting exams as an adult, so we wanted to also celebrate those who have worked hard to gain new qualifications.

“It shows commitment to the children they care for that they are willing to continue studying so they can be at the top of their game.”

A number of childcare settings were also congratulated for gaining UNICEF UK’s Rights Respecting Award – a nationwide scheme that promotes the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

For more information about childcare visit the website: dorsetforyou.com/childcare or call 01305 221066.