Praise for Fishponds out of school club’s children and staff

March 06 2020
Praise for Fishponds out of school club’s children and staff

AN out of school club in Fishponds has been praised for its well-behaved children and “friendly, approachable” staff.

The club at Chester Park Junior School is run by Oldbury Court Out of School Clubs, which runs several in the area.

An inspector from Ofsted visited the club in January and its report praised relations between staff and children, and with the junior and infant schools the children attend.

It was the education watchdog’s first visit to the club, which was set up in August 2017 and provides care after school for 61 children aged 4 to 11. It has space for 32 children each session, which lasts from 3pm to 6pm on school days.

In addition to providing after-school care during term time, there is also a holiday club held at another venue.

Inspector Dominique Allotey said: “Parents are extremely complimentary about the care their children receive. They report that staff are 'friendly, approachable and know their children very well'. Parents comment that the club is a fun and safe place for their children to be.”

The inspector praised the club’s safety and safeguarding arrangements, saying: “Children's safety is paramount. Staff and leaders meticulously plan and risk assess for routines to ensure they have taken all the possible steps to minimise the risk to children.”

Ms Allotey also praised children’s behaviour, saying they enjoyed playing with youngsters of other ages and staff, who had “positive interactions” with them.

She added: “Behaviour is good, children are clear about the rules and they stay within the boundaries staff have set for them. Staff model social skills well and this helps children in their interactions with one another.”

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 outstanding and good.

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.

The manager of the Chester Park club, Susan Yapp, said: “Oldbury Court Out of School Clubs pride themselves in providing high quality childcare, and it is very rewarding to have achieved such a glowing Ofsted report, which highlights and recognises all the hard work we do as a staff team at Chester Park.”