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Deepings' Jimmy D's playgroup receives a 'good' Ofsted report

A Deepings playgroup has been praised by inspectors for the improvements made since it’s last inspection a year ago.

Jimmy D’s at Deeping St James Primary School received a ‘requires improvement’ report last March, but it has now received an across-the-board ‘good’ rating.

Ofsted gave the good grade for its early years provision, the effectiveness of its leadership and management, the quality of its teaching, personal development and outcomes for children.

Staff and children at Jimmy D's at Deeping St James (8298909)
Staff and children at Jimmy D's at Deeping St James (8298909)

Inspectors reported: “Good progress has been made since the last inspection. The manager, early years teacher and committee have worked hard to address the actions raised.”

Staff were praised for giving a warm welcome to children, parents and visitors and described as ‘excellent role models’ for children’s behaviour.

The children’s behaviour is ‘very good’ and they understand the expectations put on them because they are explained clearly. Children know they must be kind and they are praised highly for their achievements and good behaviour.

The report continued: “Overall, the quality of teaching in the playgroup is good. As a result , all children make good progress in their learning and development.

Children who need additional support are identified and appropriate strategies are put in place to ensure they make the best progress they are capable of.”

However, Ofsted told the playgroup to offer healthier meals and for staff to be not ‘overly directive’ by asking children questions that only require a one-word answer, which limits their ability to think.

The playgroup in Hereford Way teaches 94 children aged two to 11 and has 12 childcare staff.

Lead provision manager Trish Midgley said the playgroup was proud of the result which reflected improvements put in place and the hard work from staff and others.

Trish added: “At Jimmy D’S we value our good relationships with both parents and Deeping St James Community Primary School. Since our last Ofsted inspection we now have a robust tracking system in place to ensure that we meet the developmental needs of all the children attending JimmyD’s Early Years. We strive to promote a positive and inclusive environment where everybody in Jimmy D’s feels valued and secure.”

Furthermore, healthy lunches are now offered to all and a new artificial turf area with canopy allows children to learn outside whatever the weather.

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