‘Inadequate’ playgroup doing all to improve

THE chairman of a Crowland playgroup rated “inadequate” by Ofsted, says they are doing everything they can to meet the recommendations.

Crowland Community Playgroup was given a notice to improve after inspector Emma Bright spent a day there in March.

Ms Bright’s report rated the playgroup inadequate in all areas, except for its engagement with parents and carers, which was rated satisfactory.

However group chairman Paula West said they have the backing of the Birth to Five Service, which works closely with Lincolnshire County Council.

Mrs West said: “We are having a number of meetings with Birth to Five over the next months and they have not pulled any of our funding.

“They are quite happy to see that we are making the improvements recommended by Ofsted and that we have already implemented those changes that needed to be done by now.

“We also have the full backing of our new committee.”

Crowland Community Playgroup opened in 1968 and can cater for up to 24 children at one time.

In her report Ms Bright rated the overall effectiveness of the early years provision as inadequate.

She said: “Children’s welfare needs are not effectively promoted because the provider has not ensured that all welfare requirements are met.

“Essential records are not kept appropriately and this means there are three breaches of regulation.

“The organisation of the provision is currently weak and staff have not developed their knowledge regarding the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) to effectively promote children’s learning.

“Self-evaluation is evolving, but not enough action is taken to secure improvement.

“Partnerships with parents are appropriate and children enjoy their time at the setting.

“Overall, the early years provision requires significant improvement.”

Areas highlighted for improvement include:

nStaff’s knowledge and understanding of the EYFS so children are provided with a programme that allows them to make progress towards the early learning goals;

nKeep a record of all accidents and first aid treatment. Inform parents of all accidents or injuries sustained by children while at the playgroup;

nEnsure the risk assessment takes account of outdoor and indoor spaces, furniture, equipment and toys so they are safe and suitable for purpose;

nUndertake sensitive observational assessment in order to plan to meet young children’s individual needs;

nOrganise systems to ensure that every child receives an enjoyable and challenging learning and development experience that is tailored to meet their needs;

nKeep a daily record of the children’s hours of attendance and ensure it’s completed appropriately.