Ofsted concerns over safety at after school club


Ofsted has rated a breakfast and after school club ‘inadequate’ and highlighted concerns about child safety.

Schools Out, which is based at the Youth And Community Centre, in Westloats Lane, was visited by inspector Jill Steer in January and her findings published on February 15.

In her report, Ms Steer said staff did not help children to learn how to stay safe, and records showed there had been a number of “avoidable accidents” involving youngsters falling or being pushed.

She added: “The provider, who is also the manager, has a poor understanding of her role, explaining that she and the staff are mainly there to supervise children and that they should allow children to assess risks themselves without adult guidance.”

Schools Out had already been told to improve following an inspection in May, though the safeguarding of the children at that time was described as “effective”.

Ms Steer pointed out that behaviour management had previously been highlighted as a weakness at the club, and said children were still not being given “clear enough guidance” about the behaviour expected of them.

She added: “The behaviour of older children has a negative impact on the younger ones, such as when they push them and make them cry.”

During her inspection, Ms Steer noted staff did not plan “interesting and meaningful” activities to complement children’s interests or what they were learning at school.

Nor did they “interact sufficiently with children to encourage and motivate them”.

She added: “At the inspection, when staff did briefly take part in a physical game, children enjoyed this and were encouraged to join in and follow the rules.”

When it came to the club’s strengths, Ms Steer simply said: “Children enjoy attending the club and making friends with other children.”

She gave manager Lorraine Steventon a list of requirements relating to issues such as child safety, behaviour and staff management, which needed to be in place by February 23.

Schools Out was contacted for comment.

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