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Issues raised as East Staffordshire club ‘requires improvement’

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 27, 2014

12/03/13 School GV - Thomas Russell Infant School, Station Road, Barton
Thomas Russell Inants School - Barton

12/03/13 School GV - Thomas Russell Infant School, Station Road, Barton Thomas Russell Inants School - Barton

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AN East Staffordshire out of school club has been told it must make changes following a visit by Ofsted inspectors.

Barton Badgers was registered in 2003 and operates from two classroom and the school hall within Thomas Russell Infants School in Barton under Needwood. Although the club had received a ‘good’ rating following an inspection in December 2011, a number of concerns have been raised by Dawn Robinson that has seen its standards fall.

In the report, she said that staff should look to focus the activities laid out for children on areas that are related to what they have learned at school in order to further their early years development.

The report states: “The key person system is not fully embedded which means that activities do not always complement their learning in school by being tailored to meet the children’s individual needs in order help them make best progress.”

“Partnership working with the school is mainly based on the children’s care and well-being. Consequently, staff are unable to fully complement and build on some children’s learning within school.”

Furthermore, it was noted that the club should be taking further steps to make sure that staff are aware of how they can improve in their own roles. It continued: “Self-evaluation is in place however not all staff are involved and as a result they are not fully aware of the targets for improvement.”

In addition, Robinson observed that although staff allowed children to be ‘helpers’ during snack time, further steps could could be taken to help promote their independence, adding: “There is scope to develop their independence further, for example, by allowing them to pour their own drinks and prepare their own snack.”

However, she did find several areas in which the out of hours club is performing which meets the standards and quality required for early years provision. It was noted that children settle well in the club, and feel safe and secure in their relationships with both staff and each other. It was also observed that staff were positive role models to the children and provided clear guidance and encourage those attending to consider the importance of socially acceptable behaviour.

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