Cleethorpes Childcare has been praised for its high standards and management of Signhills Pre-school and Hardys Den.

Ofsted inspectors awarded a “good” rating following an inspection last month, which comes at a time in which they are planning to expand .

The centres have a roll of 138, employing 9 staff and were rated “good” when it came to meeting the needs of children in their care and contributing to their well-being. They were also praised for the effectiveness and management of their provision.

The report stated:

"The children are well prepared for the next stage in their learning. This is because staff provide a variety of strategies to support children as they move on.

"The quality of the teaching is consistently good and sometimes outstanding. Consequently, all children make good progress in their learning, including those who speak English as an additional language or have special educational needs and/or disabilities.

"Children are settled and happy in their environment," the report added

Other comments included:

"The outdoor environment is extremely well planned" and "staff understand how to promote the safeguarding of children and what to do in the event of concern about a child in their care."

The report highlighted that they were not yet outstanding because: "staff do not always create a calm atmosphere for learning".

It went on to recommend that the setting  would benefit from "an environment that consistently enables children to concentrate on their learning".

Lorna Pendred, general manager of Cleethorpes Childcare, called the inspection "very fair and thorough".

She said: "We are pleased with the results and are happy the inspector recognised our excellent transitions, teaching, leadership and learning environments.

"We recognise that we will need to make some improvements to address the action point and feel this is already being developed by changes to our practice and environment."

The report covered both Signhills Pre-school and Hardys Den out-of-school club which offers breakfast, after-school and holiday clubs for children aged four to 11 years.

Lorna explained: "This report reflects the excellent, consistently good learning environments and teaching in both settings”.

Lorna also commented that the Ofsted report presented a "good finishing point" for Chris Fox, the deputy manager for Signhills Pre-school, who retired at the end of term after almost 25 years working at Signhills and for Cleethorpes Childcare.

Signhills Pre-school is set to move in September to a new purpose-built setting within Signhills Academy grounds, near to the entrance.

Lorna went on to say:

"We have listened to our parents and partners and will be extending our current childcare offer in the new building to increase our capacity and enable younger children to access after-school care during term times in our Mini Den facility.

"Our trustees are appreciative of the continuing support we have from our parents, staff, schools, partners and local community and we endeavour to continue to build on this positive report."

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