Playgroup is rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted inspector

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A pre-school has been deemed ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted inspectors.

Ampthill Jack and Jill Pre-School has been told that it must do better and inspectors have drawn up improvements with deadlines.

The playgroup, at Old Social Centre in Houghton Close, looks after youngsters from two years and six months old up to school age.

Inspectors rated the facility ‘inadequate’ on all four standards - effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, personal development, behaviour and welfare and outcomes for children.

It was found that children’s self esteem and confidence was not promoted well at all times, staff did not maintain professional development regarding safeguarding awareness and they were unaware of changes to legislation that affect working with children.

Teaching was not well matched to the needs of children to help them make progress relevant to their individual abilities and tracking of progress was varied.

The pre-school was visited by an Ofsted inspector at the start of November.

In her report, Hayley Marshall-Gowen said: “Action to address areas where children do not meet expected levels of development is not swift.

“Staff do not consistently support children’s basic skills to develop their readiness for starting school.”

To meet the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage and the Childcare Register, Ofsted has drawn up five areas of improvements, which cover understanding safeguarding issues, tracking children’s development, improving teaching, involving parents in children’s learning and development and ensuring positive methods are used to promote good behaviour.