Good future for playgroup after Ofsted report

Taya Mercer at 345 Playgroup in Spalding which has been rated good in all areas by Ofsted.
Taya Mercer at 345 Playgroup in Spalding which has been rated good in all areas by Ofsted.

A dramatic turnaround for Spalding’s 345 Playgroup is almost complete after earning praise from Ofsted.

The playgroup based at the town’s United Reformed Church on Pinchbeck Road has been rated good in all areas less than a year after facing closure due to lack of children.

But in November 2012, co-owners Georgina Twelves and Brendan Moran took over the playgroup which has seven staff and 14 children aged between three and four.

In her report, Ofsted inspector Carly Mooney praised staff for their “clear understanding” of children’s learning, good relationships with parents and careful planning for daily sessions.

There was also praise for the management team’s commitment to “continuous development,” raising standards and promoting children’s independence.

However, the inspector did encourage the playgroup to improve further by allowing parents to share their thoughts with staff about their children’s learning at home, as well as better monitor their learning in sessions.

Georgina said: “We’re very excited about the report because there’s been a lot of hard work done and we’ve come a long way since taking over the playgroup.

“Ofsted has picked up on the leadership and management situation, planning variety for the children at the sessions and our passion for the playgroup to continue.

“We want to enhance children’s learning and how we translate that into action is part of our improvement project that is ongoing.”

The report said: “The new management team has worked hard to raise standards and provide quality childcare since taking over the playgroup.”