‘Exciting’ times ahead for Merryfields Playschool in Diss

Merryfields Playschool in Diss has been rated 'good' by Ofsted.
Merryfields Playschool in Diss has been rated 'good' by Ofsted.

The supervisor of a Diss playschool has praised the staff, parents and volunteers after government inspectors deemed the facility to be ‘good’.

Merryfields Playschool, based at the Sports Pavilion in Shelfanger Road, first opened in 1989 and was run from the Corn Hall, moving to its current home in 2010.

We have exciting plans ahead and are very much looking forward to what’s around the corner for Merryfields

Sharon Everett

The playschool was last inspected in October 2010, when it was also deemed to be ‘good’.

Supervisor Sharon Everett, who is in her first year in the role following 13 years as an assistant supervisor, said “exciting” times lay ahead.

“We are absolutely thrilled with our achievements this year,” she told the Diss Express.

“We have secured planning permission for a new permanent outside area which we are hoping work on this will start very soon, we have Wifi, giving us the ability to use online learning journeys for our parents, we came second in the Diss carnival and we have achieved a ‘Good’ rating from Ofsted, giving us firm foundations for our future.

“We have exciting plans ahead and are very much looking forward to what’s around the corner for Merryfields. We are a dedicated team of staff, parents and volunteers who want the best for all the children that come to learn here.”

The inspection report read: “Children play and learn in a welcoming environment, where the experienced staff understand and support their individual needs very well.

“They benefit from a wide range of play and learning opportunities covering all areas of learning.

“Some of these activities take place in the outdoor environment.”

The inspection concluded that, in order for Merryfields to achieve ‘outstanding’ status, the playschool would need to implement a “highly successful” strategy of working in partnership with other facilities, as well as adding a wide range of “interesting and stimulating opportunities” to learn about the diverse world they live in.