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“Vindicated” Ofsted report on extraordinary transformation of Chill Out Kids Club..or did they get it wrong in the first place?

Education: Secondary / Tue 15th Oct 2013 am31 09:39am

A HARLOW kids club that was only put into special measures three months ago, has seen a remarkable turn-around in fortunes.

In July, the Chill Out Kids Club received scathing criticism by Ofsted in the report.

The report pointed at levels of safeguarding, staffing and the general supervision.

But on a recent visit, Ofsted found that the club, that is based in the grounds of Fawbert and Barnard has been completely transformed.

The report states:

1.Children enjoy the varied range of activities and experiences on offer to them in the club.

2.The friendly and enthusiastic interactions between staff and children help them form secure attachments quickly and children demonstrate they feel safe and confident in the care of staff.

3. Children’s behaviour is good as staff are good role models. They are deployed well and provide clear guidance for children about what is acceptable behaviour.

4..Effective partnerships with parents help to support children’s welfare and learning.

The report has come to the delight and the relief of the club’s owner, Tracey Watkins, who believed the previous report was unfair.

Tracey said: “We have worked very hard to run a number of good clubs and felt that we were harshly judged last time.

“This report, we believe is a fair and accurate reflection of our club.”

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