Ofsted order improvement at pre-school group in Rishton

Blackburn Citizen: Ofsted order improvement at pre-school group in Rishton Ofsted order improvement at pre-school group in Rishton

A PRE-school group in Rishton has been told it needs to improve after an inspection.

Education watchdog Ofsted found that the Rishton Pre-School Learning Group, which runs from the Primetime Centre, in Stourton Street, wasn’t good enough in several areas.

Inspectors had found children to be happy and making continous progress in the development, safe from harm, and settled and secure with staff.

But Ofsted also said the assessment and tracking of children’s progress, and their daily routines needed to be improved. And staff did not have the relevant food traning because their certificates had expired, documents showed.

Ofsted also judged the school at grade three, which means ‘requires improvement’.

The watchdog said the grade means: “The provision is not giving children a good standard of early years education, and/or there are minor breaches of the safeguarding and welfare requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage.”

Ofsted last inspected the school in 2010, when it labelled it as good. It will carry out another inspection within 12 months.

The school has been open for more than 40 years and it currently cares for around 20 children.

It is run by a management committee, and is a non-profit making, registered charity.

The manager, Irene Lowther. said: “We have got our plans up and running. We are sitting at the table with an action plan ready.

“The [requirement to improve the children’s] daily routine was about letting children put their own coats on. Apprently we helped them too much and it was not allowing them to be independent.

“We have quite a lot of two-year-olds and they do still need some assistance.

“I did point out at the time that it was raining quite heavily when the children were going home, and we were not going to allow them to go out without coats on which, to me, is fair enough.”

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10:47am Sun 16 Mar 14

ReebaRob says...

This article is both inaccurate and misleading. Parents reading this should take it with a pinch of salt. Not only are Ofsted reports only a snap shot of a few hours in a childcare setting but the way in which they fail to portray the true nature of a learning environment is shocking. Reporters who then take these judgements (poorly researched) and report them with their own angle should be ashamed of the affect they have on the hard working and loyal childcare professionals concerned. Local papers should be supporting local charities not threatening their ability to continue offering a much valued and high quality service to local families with young children.
This article is both inaccurate and misleading. Parents reading this should take it with a pinch of salt. Not only are Ofsted reports only a snap shot of a few hours in a childcare setting but the way in which they fail to portray the true nature of a learning environment is shocking. Reporters who then take these judgements (poorly researched) and report them with their own angle should be ashamed of the affect they have on the hard working and loyal childcare professionals concerned. Local papers should be supporting local charities not threatening their ability to continue offering a much valued and high quality service to local families with young children. ReebaRob
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11:42am Sun 16 Mar 14

ReebaRob says...

Further to my previous comments; many parents may not realise, but the new "in need of improvement" replaces what Ofsted previously deemed as "satisfactory" (there is no such category as "satisfactory" now as I understand it!). Therefore although many preschools, nurseries and schools are receiving "in need of improvement" judgements, the reality of the situation is that in many cases (as above) they have been improving, building on previous knowledge and expertise in lots of other areas. However, this constant moving of the bench marks means that all we see is the negative (which is actually just areas that have stayed the same)!
Further to my previous comments; many parents may not realise, but the new "in need of improvement" replaces what Ofsted previously deemed as "satisfactory" (there is no such category as "satisfactory" now as I understand it!). Therefore although many preschools, nurseries and schools are receiving "in need of improvement" judgements, the reality of the situation is that in many cases (as above) they have been improving, building on previous knowledge and expertise in lots of other areas. However, this constant moving of the bench marks means that all we see is the negative (which is actually just areas that have stayed the same)! ReebaRob
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