Outstanding pre-school rated inadequate by Ofsted

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Roberttown Community Centre Pre-School has been rated ‘inadequate’ during their most recent Ofsted inspection after inspector Jenny Firth found problems with the pre-school’s effectiveness in leadership and children’s personal behaviour and welfare, as well as safeguarding issues.

The report from Ofsted said: “Safeguarding is ineffective. The provider has failed to ensure that they meet all of their legal roles and responsibilities. Some members of the management committee have not completed the necessary checks with Ofsted to ensure their suitability. This is a breach of the safeguarding and welfare requirements and also applies to the Childcare Register. This impacts on children’s well-being and safety.”

However, the pre-school was praised for its ‘enthusiastic and motivated’ staff.

The report found that the staff had a very clear understanding of the role they had in child protection and that they knew how to understand symptoms and signs of abuse, and what they should do if they have concerns.

The pre-school was found to have a good quality of teaching, assessment and learning, too.

The report stated that staff create a warm environment and develop close relationships with the children, who are ‘happy and settled’ because ‘staff have a good understanding of how they learn through play, interaction and repetition.’

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