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NL Childcare Club in North Luffenham rated good by Ofsted after it improved security

A childcare club has been praised by inspectors after it improved security for its children.

The NL Childcare Club, which operates from St Mary and St John’s Primary School in North Luffenham, has received an across the board ‘good’ rating from Ofsted after a visit last month.

The good rating covered its leadership, the quality of its teaching, personal development and outcomes for children.

Staff and children at the NL Childcare Club (9530639)
Staff and children at the NL Childcare Club (9530639)

Ofsted praised the manager for her dedication and “genuine passion for providing the best possible experience for the children”.

Security was now excellent, with robust checks of the premises before each session to help ensure no-one can enter unannounced and the children not able to leave unaccompanied.

Children’s behaviour is ‘very good’ and they respond to the the “caring, nurturing approach” of staff, who are genuinely interested in their contributions. Staff also act as “superb role models and help children to respect each other”.

The report continued: “Children are polite, use their manners and a courteous. They are aware of the boundaries of the club and adhere to them. “

The NL Childcare Club is an out-of-school day care service that cares for 50 children, It is run by the Kaleidoscope In Action Committee, which runs a chain of such centres around Rutland and nearby counties. Last October, Ofsted rated the Oakham club ‘inadequate’.

Kaleidoscope In Action founder Kevin Osborne said: “We were delighted with the comments in the report as the inspector understood our ethos. We have had lovely reports now at all our clubs.

“The main reason for the previous judgment was the inspector didn’t like the open nature of the site. We always put the children’s safety first but they felt we needed to do more, which we did by introducing staff walkie talkies to communicate when outside and fitted more alarms on opening doors.

“The report managed to totally capture the homely, child centred ethos and recognised all the hard work and genuine care for the children, of you read the report words like ‘excellent’ and ‘passion’ are used.”

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