Ofsted praise for Friday Bridge playgroup

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A village playgroup is celebrating a remarkable turnaround after shooting from an ‘inadequate’ Ofsted rating to ‘good’ – in just five months.

Jack and Jill Playgroup in Friday Bridge was placed in special measures to improve after inspectors judged it as ‘inadequate’ in February.

The education watchdog said children’s welfare was being compromised and families were given a “false sense of security” due to weaknesses in the leadership and management.

But “significant improvements” made since then saw the playgroup rated as ‘good’ in all areas following its latest inspection last month.

A glowing report, published last week, said leaders and staff have established a “rigorous self-evaluation” process and successfully implemented actions to drive improvement.

It added: “The manager and committee have demonstrated strong commitment to lead the playgroup’s improvement.”

The report also said staff were enthusiastic and promote learning by following children’s interests.

“Consequently, children are interested and engaged in activities,” it said. “They require good skills to support their future education.”

Inspectors also praised good partnerships with parents and good safeguarding arrangements.

Areas for development include giving younger children more time to think about questions posed by staff, who are “sometimes over eager” when promoting their communication and language development.