Praise for ‘high quality’ Thornbury children’s club after inspection

March 05 2020
Praise for ‘high quality’ Thornbury children’s club after inspection

A CLUB which provides before and after school care has been praised for its “enthusiastic” staff and “extremely happy” children.

An inspector from Ofsted visited St Mary's Thornbury Out Of School Club, based at St Mary's Primary School in Church Road, in January.

In her report, which has just been published, inspector Jan Harvey said the club’s owner aimed to ensure that “every aspect of the club is of high quality and benefits children”.

The inspector said: “Children develop excellent relationships with each other and staff. They are extremely happy and settled and learn to respect each other highly.

Children learn to be very independent. They make their own choices from the resources and activities that staff provide to stimulate children and engage their current interests. Children of differing ages play very harmoniously together.

Staff help children develop an excellent understanding of the world they live in.”

The inspector said many of the staff also worked at the primary school and overall there were “very good partnerships with parents and the host school”.

She said: “Staff promote children's emotional well-being very effectively and take time to get to know each child.”

The club was founded in 2011 and has 85 children aged between 4 and 11 on its roll.

It opens from 7.40am to 8.45am and from 3.20pm to 6pm on weekdays during term time, with spaces for 40 children at each session.

Ofsted has recently changed the way it rates out of school and holiday clubs, and no longer uses the same grades it gives to schools and preschools, such as the outstanding rating given to the club at its last inspection in 2015.

Instead the regulator now only says whether clubs meet its requirements and recommends any action needed to improve further. By saying the club met its standards with no actions needed, Ofsted gave it the highest grade an inspector can award.

Club owner and manager Cath Purchase said: “We are delighted with the feedback we received from the inspector about the quality of care we provide.

After visiting, the inspector commented that the report would represent the most positive comments she was allowed to write!

It’s wonderful to have this recognition that that our club continues to provide the highest quality of childcare.”