Merton’s Acacia preschool has achieved the highest grade of ‘outstanding’ following its first Ofsted inspection.
Ofsted were particularly impressed with the supportive staff, quality play equipment and resources to further each child’s unique development. The report also made a special mention of the resident Acacia chickens which the children care for each day.
The preschool, opened in 2012, is based in the Acacia Centre, Mitcham. It provides early education and childcare for two and three year-old children during term time.
Cabinet member for children’s services, Councillor Maxi Martin said: “It is great news that within one year of opening, the preschool has performed to such a high standard. I would like to thank the staff who work so hard to develop young children in Merton.”
Free part-time places for two-year-olds are available to families in receipt of certain benefits. For parents and carers who think their child may be eligible, please contact your nearest children’s centre
Notes to editor
All children in Merton are entitled to a free part-time early education place from the term after their third birthday.
Preschool runs during term time with morning sessions from 9am – 12pm and afternoon sessions from 12.45pm – 3.45pm.
About the London Borough of Merton
An outer London borough to the south west of the capital with a population of 200,000 residents living in 80,000 households and served by 7,500 businesses. Formed in 1965, the borough’s five main town centres are Wimbledon (taking in the Village, the Broadway and South Wimbledon), Mitcham, Morden, Raynes Park and Colliers Wood.
Merton is home to the world famous All England Lawn Tennis Club, where the Wimbledon Championships take place every year bringing an extra 500,000 people into the borough for the tennis extravaganza.
In the 13th century, the Statutes of Merton, the basis of common law in England and seen by many as the forerunner for modern parliament, were signed here. In the 19th century Merton was a place of industry where famous names such as Arthur Liberty and William Morris based their businesses on the River Wandle. The Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson also lived in Merton.
For further information, please contact Felix Ampofo (Press Office) on 020 8545 4093 / 07983624691 or cabinet member for children’s services Councillor Maxi Martin 07949 025 030