Friday Bridge playgroup disappointed by Ofsted rating

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A village playgroup has been deemed ‘inadequate’ by education inspectors who say children’s welfare is being compromised.

Ofsted said children who attend Jack and Jill Playgroup in Friday Bridge and their families are given “a false sense of security due to weaknesses in the leadership and management”.

“Therefore, children’s welfare is not assured,” said a scathing report.

The playgroup, based at Friday Bridge Primary School in Maltmas Drove, was inspected last month and has now been placed in special measures to improve.

Its last inspection was carried out six years ago, when it was rated as ‘good’.

Playgroup leader Jane Goodley said staff were “extremely disappointed” with the report.

She added: “Thankfully we have very supportive parents and will be getting lots of help, so hopefully we can improve as soon as possible.”

The Ofsted report said the playgroup committee has insufficient understanding of its responsibilities for children’s learning and well-being. Those in charge have also failed to notify Ofsted of changes to its membership and there is no evidence that background checks have been undertaken.

Monitoring of the setting also lacks the rigour needed to identify targets for improvement.

Inspectors said the playgroup’s strengths include its “trusting” bonds with children and parents. Youngsters are also contented and enjoy free access to an outside area.