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Kids’ club praised after first-ever Ofsted visit

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 06, 2014

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THE passion and enthusiasm of child care workers is the reason behind a glowing report, an after school club’s manager has said.

Officers from the Government’s education watchdog Ofsted were full of praise for Hilton’s Stars Out of School Club after its first ever inspection.

Inspectors rated the establishment as good in all areas after speaking to staff, children and parents who use the facility based in the village hall in Peacroft Lane.

The club’s manager, Leanne Thackray, told the Mail she was thrilled to receive the positive news.

She said: “We have got some very enthusiastic and passionate staff here so we are all absolutely thrilled.

“I think it’s a very good report and we could not have asked for anything more positive.

“Obviously this will give us the positive boost that we need in order to achieve higher.”

In the report, inspector Janice Hughes praised the club’s staff and leadership for their sound understanding of the youngsters’ needs.

She said: “Staff have a good knowledge of the prime and specific areas of learning.

“They are mindful that children have been at school all day and plan a range of adult-led and spontaneous activities to promote their learning through play.

“This ensures the children remain interested, stimulated and have fun.”

Ms Hughes also heralded the ‘welcoming and friendly’ environment the club provided.

She said: “Children are happy and content in this friendly, welcoming club.

“Staff have formed good relationships with the children and know them well.

“It is clear the children feel safe and secure in this club by their confidence and willingness to share their experiences with the staff.”

The club runs outdoor and sports activities for 43 children who attend Hilton Primary School.

Mrs Thackray added that these include football, basketball and cricket.

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