Playgroup improving after Ofsted warning

PUBLISHED: 09:00 04 August 2014

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A PLAYGROUP is making 'prompt and effective' improvements since it was given the lowest Ofsted grade of 'inadequate' just months ago.

In May, Hutton Preschool was given the low mark as the education watchdog were concerned over the school’s ability to keep children safe.

In its report, the official Government body said: “Staff fail to carry out sufficiently robust risk assessments for outings, which compromises children’s safety and well-being.

“The management have not informed Ofsted of an allegation against staff. This is a breach of a legal requirement to safeguard children.”

The preschool was also issued with a warning letter for failing to notify the watchdog of the allegation.

On July 1, Ofsted inspector Sarah Haylett visited the preschool, which is run in the village hall in Church Lane, to monitor the group’s progress.

In the report addressed to the playgroup committee, it said: “Having considered all the evidence, the inspector is of the opinion that you have taken prompt and effective action to address the points for improvement.”

A spokesman for the preschool said: “As a preschool we are determined to deliver a consistently highest quality service to all our children.

“With a proactive committee and dedicated, enthusiastic team of staff we have reviewed policies to ensure we meet and exceed Ofsted guidelines, and have enjoyed the opportunity to improve our skills by attending training courses and meetings.

“We are confident that going forward, we will continue to challenge ourselves, and are striving for a future Outstanding grading from Ofsted.

“We would like to thank all parents and the local community for their on-going support.”

During the monitoring visit Ms Haylett reviewed records and talked to the manager and staff.

She was informed by the staff that the preschool had received support from the North Somerset early years team and had put in place an action plan to help improve the quality of the provision.

The inspector suggested she was satisfied staff are now aware of the events which need to be flagged up to Ofsted in the future.

The next step in the process is a full Ofsted inspection which will take place some time within the next two years.

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