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From the Peak Advertiser, 13th March 2017

Grindleford and Eyam Playgroup is OUTSTANDING



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Grindleford and Eyam Playgroup has been judged to be outstanding after its recent Ofsted inspection. In addition to the overall judgement, the group were found to be outstanding in all four areas. The report noted:

Quality of teaching, learning and assessment: “Staff plan innovative activities that thoroughly engage all groups of children and promote all aspects of learning“.

Personal development, behaviour and welfare: “Children rapidly develop the confidence to act independently and explore the world around them“.

Outcomes for children: “Children are eager to learn and rapidly gain the skills they need to support future learning”.

Effectiveness of leadership and management: “The management team recognises the value of evaluating the impact of any changes they make on children’s learning and development to maintain their high standards”.

In the summary of key findings, the inspector noted: “Staff are very caring and vigilant. They ensure children are safe, secure and confident as they take part in the exciting activities available. Children settle in quickly when they first start and develop firm friendships with each other. They are very happy, inquisitive and well behaved”.

The Chair of the playgroup’s management committee, Liz Tiplady shared, “We are incredibly proud of this achievement. I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to our success: our fantastic staff team whose dedication and enthusiasm for the playgroup is hugely important in reaching this standard; our team of volunteers who work behind the scenes and our local partners such as the National Trust whose beautiful woodland we visit each week. Since we introduced our outdoor based sessions such as forest school and gardening at our allotment, we have seen the positive impact this has had for each child’s learning, and it is very pleasing to have this recognised during our Ofsted visit”.