Treasure Garden Preschool has achieved a ‘Satisfactory’ rating from the Office of Education Standards.
This is the first individual school inspection report since schools were closed in March due to COVID-19.
At the time of the inspection, the preschool on Pond Road in George Town had an enrolment of 12 children, although inspectors noted that attendance had fallen since the COVID pandemic.
The school serves children ages 1-4 and opened in October 2014. This was the first inspection of Treasure Garden since it opened.
“Overall, the performance of the preschool was satisfactory. There were a number of good and excellent judgements particularly with regard to children’s achievement in aspects of the early learning goals and the preschool’s emphasis on the promotion of healthy lifestyles,” according to the OES report. “However, all children did not always make the progress they were capable of because teachers did not always plan learning experiences to meet the varying needs of all children.”
Inspectors rate schools in individual categories, using a scale of Weak/Satisfactory/Good/Excellent. The overall grade is determined according to the individual scores.
‘Satisfactory’ is the minimum standard of the Cayman Islands government, and ‘Good’ is the expected level of performance.
Treasure Garden received 5 ‘Excellent’ grades in areas related to “children’s achievement and progress in aspects of exploration, respect and well-being”.
Most of Treasure Garden’s individual grades were ‘Good’ or ‘Satisfactory’.
The school received one ‘Weak’ grade for ‘Assessment’. The report states that although assessments of learning were in place, they were “not meaningfully organised across the school” and assessment documents were “not well-organised”.
Because Treasure Garden received an overall ‘Satisfactory’ grade, it will not be subject to follow-through inspections. It will be inspected again during the next cycle of inspections, beginning in January 2021.
An interview with … Peter Carpenter, Director, Office of Education Standards (1 of 2)