Ofsted praises 'kind' children and staff at out-of-school club

Children feel happy, safe and behave well at an out-of-school club, according to education inspectors.
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Ofsted found youngsters at Greenlands Out of School Care, based at Garrett Hall Primary School in Tyldesley, were “kind and considerate”, with the older children acting as “buddies” to support the younger ones.

Inspector Daphne Carr wrote: “Children are happy and show they feel safe at the club. They arrive in good spirits and seek out their friends to share their experiences with. Children display a strong sense of belonging and form close friendships with their peers. They hold interesting conversations and learn to share the resources with other children.”

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She found staff were “kind and caring”, welcomed the children and listened to their news. They had “positive partnerships” with parents and found out what children liked to play at home.

The club is based at Garrett Hall Primary SchoolThe club is based at Garrett Hall Primary School
The club is based at Garrett Hall Primary School

They were encouraged to gain further qualifications and accessed behaviour management training, but the inspector felt there was more scope to help children discuss their feelings.

The club had a quiet area for children to relax, while those who liked playing outside were encouraged to join games outdoors.

While staff helped them to stay safe outside, information shared with parents about children’s safety at home had “not been fully developed” to include screen time and internet use.

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Arrangements for safeguarding were “effective”, with the manager having a “secure understanding” of how to identify welfare concerns, staff ensuring everywhere was checked for hazards and “good” levels of supervision.

The inspector found the club was meeting the quality and standards of early years provision.

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