Childcare centre welcomes VIP visitors

Bright Beginnings Childcare Centre played host to some very special visitors last week.

Fiona Hakin, Quality and Practice Manager at Bright Beginnings; Amanda Spielman, HM Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills; Katrina Gueli, Senior HM Inspector; Louise Fairbrass, Bright Beginnings General Manager; Jane Ford, EYFS Improvement Manager, Leeds City Council; and Angela Hynes, Bright Beginnings Communications Manager, during the recent visit

Building the new Bright Beginnings Childcare Centre

Amanda Spielman, HM Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills, together with Katrina Gueli, Senior HM Inspector for the North of England, paid the centre in Mount Preston Street a visit on Wednesday 31 July whilst in the city.

Award-winning Bright Beginnings provides high quality childcare to staff and students at Leeds.

Amanda was pointed in the direction of Bright Beginnings after contacting Leeds City Council (LCC) for its recommendation of a centre with an outstanding Ofsted rating she could visit during her time here.

Jane Ford, Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Improvement Manager for LCC, said she had no difficulty in recommending Bright Beginnings as a centre to best represent exceptional childcare standards in Leeds.

Jane, who also attended on the day, explained to the visitors how Bright Beginnings has worked closely with the council’s improvement team to share its good practice across the city.

Amanda was greeted at the centre by a group of children, who were very excited about meeting the special guest. Both Amanda and Katrina commented on how happy and confident the children are and were very complimentary about the wonderful spaces available.

Bright Beginnings General Manager, Louise Fairbrass, said: “We were honoured to have been chosen to host such special visitors and would like to thank Leeds City Council for recognising our achievements and for its support of the centre, to Stewart Ross [Director, Commercial and Campus Support at Leeds] and the board of directors for their support, and a huge well done to the team on its continued hard work.”

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