Playgroup leaders vow to recover good rating after Ofsted says it must improve
LEADERS of a playgroup told to improve by regulator Ofsted are confident it will recover its previous 'good' rating.
An inspector visited Busy Bees Playgroup in Oldbury-on-Severn shortly before the summer holidays and the education watchdog's report said it 'requires improvement'.
The playgroup, a charity run by a volunteer committee, takes children aged 2 to 4 years old, is open three days a week and has 20 on its roll.
Ofsted said the quality of teaching, learning and assessment, and outcomes for children remained good. But in two other areas – effectiveness of leadership and management and personal development, behaviour and welfare - Busy Bees received a lower rating.
Inspector Hilary Tierney made many positive comments, saying: "Staff are caring and kind towards the children.
“Staff use lots of praise and encouragement with children, and children respond well to reminders about keeping safe and being kind to others.”
“Children are motivated and eager to learn. Children develop their literacy skills well.”
But she said she had changed the rating because the committee had not provided her with required information about its members and had not completed their DBS (criminal records) checks, that staff did not always make it clear to children how much time they had left before an activity changed and that regular evaluations were not carried out to identify areas for future development. She noted that committee members who hadn’t been DBS checked were not working directly with children and safeguarding was "effective".
Manager Denise Young said she was "disappointed" with the outcome and said it was due to the committee having been at a "transitional stage" when the inspector visited.
She added: “With a new committee now in place and all requirements in this area being met, we are looking forward to our re-inspection within the next 12 months, when we anticipate a rating which will reflect the setting and the high quality opportunities we provide in order to ensure good progress for all learners.
“This, among many other positives, was recognised in the report and I would urge anyone who is concerned by this judgement to read the full report.”
Parent Carly Rudrum also backed the playgroup, saying: “The staff all do such a wonderful job looking after and teaching our children. I am looking forward to the next report, which I know will be fantastic now the committee is in place.”
Picture: Children from Busy Bees Playgroup learning about plants