The manager of an after-school club which was twice judged inadequate by Ofsted has now made the necessary improvements - but said at one point she worried they would shut her down.
A ‘welfare requirements notice’ and a ‘notice to improve’ were issued to Margaret Temmen of St Anne’s After School Club, which is based at the Orthodox Christian Church on Leyland Lane.
Ofsted was called in October last year, and said provision was unsatisfactory.
After initial improvements were made in November, inspectors told Margaret she needed to take further action.
This involved ensuring that records of information about the way staff had been vetted were consistently maintained, including evidence of their qualifications; ensuring there are sufficient staff to meet the individual needs of the children; and ensuring that there is provision to cover unexpected events so that children remain safe and suitably cared for at all times.
A letter from Ofsted national director Nick Hudson, following a monitoring inspection in February, states: “Having considered all the evidence, the inspector is of the opinion that the setting has taken prompt and effective action to address the points for improvement.
“This has contributed to improving the safety and welfare of all the children in the setting. Therefore the next visit will be a full inspection.”
The club had previously been told staff were not continuing the children’s education from the school day, following changes in national requirements, and was first judged inadequate in January last year.
Margaret, 62, who has run the club for almost 20 years, said the latest development was ‘good news’.
“I’m glad it’s come to an end,” she said. “At times I felt that there was a bit of a vendetta against us, and I did worry they would close us down.
“We’re ready for the full inspection now though.”