Harold Hill playgroup praised for safeguarding childre

�A playgroup has been praised for safeguarding children and providing stimulating activities.

Ofsted inspectors rated the Fig Playgroup and playscheme, based at the former Ingrebourne Primary School, in Taunton Road, Harold Hill, as good for its provision and said children’s needs were being met overall.

They also found that children made good progress towards the early learning goals of the Early Years’ Foundation Stage.

Lead inspector Caroline Preston said in her report: “Activities are good and stimulating, which help children to learn and develop. Resources challenge children and support progress; however, there are no long-term growing projects.” The group was asked to improve by providing this.

The report went on to say that children are safeguarded and their wellbeing is significantly met.

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Ms Preston was also impressed with the good partnerships with parents and their “exceptional” work with other professionals. She noted that staff take part in and lead “outstanding” language and communication sessions with children and speech therapists, which helps promote children’s confidence, speech and communication skills.

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Ms Preston said: “Staff are highly successful in identifying gaps in children’s achievements and taking steps to meet their needs.”

The playgroup’s self evaluation was deemed robust, and identified weaknesses. Ofsted said this supported the continuous improvements and the needs of the children.

The report said that staff show a high level of commitment to children’s safety and follow good safeguarding procedures. It added: “Risk assessments are robust and prevent any hazards.”

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