Barn Mead Kids Club angry after “unjust” Ofsted

Education: Primary / Thu 5th Sep 2013 at 02:19pm

ofstedTHE OWNER of a Kids Club, thrown into special measures, has vowed to fight the decision by Ofsted.

Emma Pickering has been running the FTA Kids Club in Barn Mead for a number of years. In 2010 it received a GOOD award from the government watchdog.

But Ofsted returned in July and were not impressed.

Among the critcisms were:

1.Managers and staff are not aware of the requirements of the Statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage to report changes of manager to Ofsted and do not have a secure understanding of the action to be taken in the event of an allegation being made against a member of staff.

2.Staff are not fully supervising children during outings to protect their safety.

3.Insufficient information is gained with regard to children’s starting points and the assessments of what children can and cannot do are inconsistent. Therefore, this information is not used effectively to plan children’s progress.

4. Children are not moving forward in their learning because staff do not provide challenging and purposeful opportunities to help them make progress.

5. Parents are not fully encouraged to share information about what their children can do and staff do not engage parents in their children’s development and learning in the nursery and at home.

But Ms Pickering has spoken of her shock and distress to YH.

She said: “I am going to fight this every step of the way. We do not recognise much of this report. They seemed very dis-organised and unsure of what they were inspecting.”

“I am calling a meeting of the Early Years team. We want to have another Ofsted inspection. We are sure it will be different.”

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