'Inadequate' Ofsted rating prompts swift action at North Ferriby kids club
A KIDS' club says swift action has been taken after Ofsted ruled standards were "inadequate" and legal requirements were being breached.
The Kids Club Cabin, in the grounds of North Ferriby CE Primary School, provides before and after-school care, as well as holiday club sessions.
But Ofsted found provision at the club, run by a voluntary management committee, was inadequate.
The club had not ensured the correct number of qualified staff were present to ensure young children were adequately supervised.
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This was a breach of a legal requirement of the early years foundation stage and of the compulsory part of the childcare register.
Ofsted also found the club had not yet implemented "a key person system" to ensure every young child's care and learning was tailored to their needs.
This was also a breach of a legal requirement.
Following the inspection, the committee says action was quickly taken to correct the breaches.
Rachel Robinson, chairman of the Kids Club Cabin Committee, said: "The corrective actions we needed to make were all completed quickly.
"We have reviewed all of our working practices and we are now looking forward to our next inspection so that we can gain a rating we can be proud of.
"The parents of children who attend Kids Club Cabin have been very supportive and are satisfied with the level of care we provide for their children."
Parents Louise and Gareth Bennett, whose son has been attending the club since September, did not think the Ofsted report was a true reflection of the care provided by the club.
Mrs Bennett said: "My husband and I ultimately chose North Ferriby CE Primary School for the combination of excellent education and the opportunity of a place for our child at the Kids Club.
"We see the Ofsted report as a tick-box exercise and not a true reflection of the excellent care provided.
"Areas will be addressed as necessary, however, nothing in the report raised any concern for us as parents and, as such, I have offered my services on the committee to ensure the reputation and success of the club continues."
Parent Claire Hodgson, whose daughter has been attending the club for three years, said: "I don't agree with the Ofsted report as I feel happy and secure knowing my daughter is safe and happy.
"I am very happy with how she is looked after. She always enjoys coming and taking part in all activities."
Ofsted had rated the club as inadequate across the board – for the quality and standards of early years provision, the contribution of early years provision to the well being of children and the effectiveness of leadership and management.
Chairman Mrs Robinson said: "Although we received a very disappointing result, our Ofsted report had many positive aspects.
"The children at Kids Club Cabin enjoy a wide variety of activities – from colouring, word searches and crafts to sports, trips out and catwalk shows – in a safe and friendly environment."