Under Fives get high praise

CHILDREN at Warboys Under Fives playgroup, pictured, are confident learners, approach activities with enthusiasm and develop good relationships with each other, according to an independent report. Inspectors from the Office for Standards in Education (Of

CHILDREN at Warboys Under Fives playgroup, pictured, are confident learners, approach activities with enthusiasm and develop good relationships with each other, according to an independent report.

Inspectors from the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) also found the quality of teaching, learning, care and organisation at the playgroup were good.

The report said: "Children are confident and active; they communicate clearly and confidently, initiating conversations with their peers or adults around them."

There was also praise for the atmosphere created at the group which encourages children to leave their parents or guardians and get involved in playgroup activities.


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"Children receive a warm welcome as they arrive at the setting and enjoy affectionate relationships with staff and each other," inspectors found.

The inspectors did pick up on the staff's unfamiliarity with the 'Birth to three matters' framework, which is aimed at improving the care given to children under the age of three years.

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However, this did not affect teaching standards which were said to be good with staff being praised for their ability to assess the achievements of every child.

The report added the provision for the protection of children from harm or neglect was also considered to be good with "good organisation of the furniture and resources means that children move around safely and freely." It added: "Children are encouraged to tidy up and clear away so that the floor is free from hazards."

However, inspectors did note that the playgroup should evaluate its fire evacuation procedures.

In terms of the playgroup's relationship with parents the report said: "Good information is displayed for parents about the running of the group and a policy book is set out for parents to read. However, the complaints procedure does not inform parents how they can make a complaint to the registering body if necessary or what current procedures are."

In terms of improvements the report said the playgroup should: "Ensure the system for assessing what children know and can do is based on a starting point and ensure these are used to inform future planning."

The pre-school caters for 57 children from Warboys and the surrounding area aged from two.

INFORMATION: To view the report in full visit www.ofsted.gov.uk

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