An after-school club which was criticised by Ofsted for not enhancing children’s learning has now made major improvements.
St Anne’s After School Club, which looks after 33 children from four primary schools at its base in the Orthodox Christian Church on Leyland Lane, Leyland, was dubbed ‘inadequate’ by the education watchdog last year.
Now, at a follow-up inspection, it is said to have made improvements in staff training and communicating children’s progress to parents, and provision is now ‘satisfactory’.
Margaret Temmen, who runs the club and received widespread support from parents following the damning report, said: “I’m really pleased with the progress – we have been working so hard over the past few months.
“We actually have more children here now than before and nobody left after the report came out, but we have been working really hard on staff training in the Early Years Foundation stages.
“We’re hoping to get even more children in September now, once word gets round about our improvements.
“It’s given me a real boost for the future, and the parents have all been so supportive throughout all of this.
“I’ve been doing this job for about 18 years and it’s not just a job to me; I really love it.
“It was important for me to get this sorted.”
Margaret now wants to make more improvements and aim for a ‘good’ status by creating an outdoor area for the children to play in.
“I’ve tried to get a grant to fund the work,” she said. “But I haven’t been successful yet.
“If anyone can help me get some money together, that would make a difference.”
The new Ofsted report said: “The commitment of the management team and the committee to improve the club has resulted in a strong focus on the evaluation of the setting and the improvement of the observation and planning for children’s progress.
“Children are cared for by warm and caring staff and as a result, are happy, settled and enjoy their time at the club.”