Praise for club that puts children's happiness first

December 30 2019
Praise for club that puts children's happiness first

AN out of school club which looks after 80 children has been given the highest possible rating by Ofsted.

An inspector from the education watchdog who visited Frenchay Out of School Club praised children's behaviour, the bonds formed between staff and children and its "extremely inclusive environment".

During her visit to the club, based at Frenchay Primary School, in November, inspector Kelly Sunderland saw the children stage a fashion show organised after they showed an interest in being designers and staff gave them materials to make clothes. She also saw them playing football and basketball, with staff "enthusiastically" joining in.

The inspector said: "Children enjoy their time at the club. They eagerly arrive and happily talk with staff about their day at school. Staff have formed lovely bonds with the children and know the children well. They value their opinions and use their knowledge of the children along with children's suggestions to plan fun, exciting activities.

"Staff create an extremely inclusive environment where diversity is highly respected. They are excellent role models and treat children with high levels of respect. Children with special educational needs and/or disabilities are well supported. Staff know the children well and genuinely care about the children's enjoyment while at the club."

The inspector said club owner Cath Purchase and her staff regularly evaluated their service and gave the views of children and parents high priority, adding that safeguarding arrangements and links with parents and the school were good.

She said: "Parents speak highly of the club."

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.

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.

Cath said she was delighted with the "extremely complimentary" report.

She said: "The care and happiness of the children is of paramount importance to us and we are pleased that Ofsted were able to recognise the high standard of care we offer.

"The wording of the report tells us that everything about the club is running at a really high standard."