Playgroup is told it needs to improve

Claire Scarff. Submitted picture

Claire Scarff. Submitted picture - Credit: Submitted

The only playgroup in Feltwell, near Thetford, is aiming for a good judgment in its next Ofsted inspection, after being told it requires improvement.

Feltwell Playgroup is run by a committee of parents and carers and operates from one room in the Women's Institute Hall in the village. There are currently 35 children on roll and the playgroup has been running since the 1980s.

In its latest Ofsted inspection, the playgroup was told it needed to 'provide challenging and enjoyable experiences for children both indoors and outside, so these attract the children and engage them in meaningful play, by using robust observation and assessment of children's learning to identify their next steps and inform planning for individual children, taking into account their interests and the next steps in their learning, so that they make good progress'.

The playgroup's chairman Claire Scarff said: 'Obviously we are disappointed, but we can put it right quite early, and are looking to get a good judgment at the next inspection.'

The inspection found the quality and standards of the early years provision required improvement.

It stated: 'Staff do not consistently challenge all children and extend their learning to the optimum level, to enable all children to consistently progress towards their maximum potential.'

However, the inspection found that staff supported children's personal, social and emotional development well, enabling children to settle easily and feel safe and happy.

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