• The Award for Early Years Team of the Year
  • St Margaret's Primary School
  • Silver Winners
  • 2023
  • Lowestoft, Suffolk

The Early Years team here work tirelessly to make a positive difference to the lives of local families. The children are at the centre of everything they do, with a focus on SEND provision and providing a vocabulary-rich curriculum and environment, including the use of Makaton.  

With a ‘Good’ Ofsted grade in 2021, the team have gone from strength to strength. Their local community is extremely important to them, and they are committed to developing strong relationships with families. They promote ‘Invested’ wellbeing, where the children take part in pit-stops and yoga to support their self-regulation. They pride themselves on the family-feel Early Years setting they’ve created. 

The team organise for parents to come and share experiences with their children, including craft mornings, trips to the Zoo and campfires. Families are offered food baskets, a community fridge and training opportunities to ensure they feel equipped to support their children. The team also provide parents with videos of bedtime stories to support families who may struggle to read themselves.