Big steps made at little ones’ nursery

Celebrating an improved Ofsted report with pupils are staff (from left) Yvette Kirchin, Hannah Bradley, Cynthia Smith and Jess Bignell.
Celebrating an improved Ofsted report with pupils are staff (from left) Yvette Kirchin, Hannah Bradley, Cynthia Smith and Jess Bignell.
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IMPROVEMENTS made by staff at a playgroup in Crowland have been recognised by Ofsted inspectors, who say the group is no longer “inadequate”.

Inspectors visited Crowland Community Playgroup to check on its progress after criticising them on several issues last year.

In 2011, inspectors judged it needed “significant improvement” and gave Notice to Improve. The education watchdog said children’s welfare needs were “not effectively promoted” and essential records were not kept appropriately.

Inspectors also said the organisation at the playgroup was “weak” and staff had not developed their knowledge for the Early Years Foundation Stage.

However, staff are happy after inspectors confirmed the playgroup is now on the right path with a “satisfactory” rating and suggested ways they can improve further.

This year’s report says: “The enthusiastic staff team work well together to create an inclusive environment where individuals are respected and valued.

“A commitment to improving the setting is evident and they work effectively with relevant advisory professionals to raise standards of care and education.”

Playgroup chairman Lisa Oddie said: “The changes have been made since inspectors came in March last year through lots of hard work by the staff and changes to the committee.” She added: “We’re very excited.”

Lisa, who owns Sunflower Lodge Childcare in Spalding with Becky Lay, stepped in to help the Crowland group after staff visited the Spalding setting seeking advice.

The group must now improve child assessments and planning and work on sharing information with parents and other child care settings.