'Exceptional' Springboard awarded outstanding rating after latest Ofsted visit

PUBLISHED: 14:00 04 December 2017 | UPDATED: 14:00 04 December 2017

Springboard Opportunity Group's South Weston centre has been rated outstanding.

Springboard Opportunity Group's South Weston centre has been rated outstanding.

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A charity which helps children with additional needs has been given an outstanding rating by Ofsted.

The education watchdog visited Springboard Opportunity Group’s South Weston service, based at the For All Healthy Living Centre in Lonsdale Avenue, on November 6.

It found the service, which supports children from birth to five years old, was achieving the top rating in all four key areas; effectiveness of leadership, quality of teaching, personal development and outcomes for children.

Staff’s ‘expert use’ of teaching skills and ‘extensive knowledge’ of individual children’s needs earned high praise in Ofsted’s report.

It says: “Staff organise an extremely inclusive, welcoming and very well-resourced learning environment.

“Highly nurturing staff know the children extremely well and children build very special relationships with them.

“There are exemplary care practices which meet children’s needs highly efficiently.

“Staff support children exceptionally well to gain the skills to prepare them for their next stages of their development.

“Children enjoy a wealth of sensory experiences and thoroughly enjoy being creative.”

The report also commented on the effective use of safeguarding procedures and the ‘extremely rigorous’ recruitment process to ensure staff can safely work with children.

Springboard chief executive Joanna Harris said: “Congratulations to our South Weston team which, under the inspirational leadership of Sally White, has provided a fantastic service to our early years children with special educational needs and their families for many years.

“They thoroughly deserve an outstanding Ofsted outcome.”

Springboard was established in 1986 and provides specialist play sessions at its four North Somerset centres.

Along with its second Weston base at Ashcombe Children’s Centre, the charity supports around 100 children and families every week.

Springboard relies on donations for its survival and requires more than £1,000 each day to run its services.

To support Springboard, visit www.justgiving.com/springboardopps

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