Chelmondiston Playgroup appeals ‘contradictory’ Ofsted report after falling from good to requires improvement

Chelmondiston Playgroup. Picture: ARCHANT

Chelmondiston Playgroup. Picture: ARCHANT

A playgroup on the Shotley peninsula is appealing its latest Ofsted report after going from ‘good’ to ‘requires improvement’.

Chelmondiston Playgroup was inspected by Ofsted’s Julie Meredith-Jenkins on June 30, where the establishment was deemed to be requires improvement in all areas.

But following the results being published, the playgroup has announced it is appealing the inspection’s finding, saying there was a disparity between what the report says and what they were told on the day.

Lavinia Dzundza from the playgroup said: “Unfortunately our latest Ofsted has graded us as requires improvement. We are understandably devastated and do not feel this is a true reflection of our playgroup. We have already put in an appeal against the grading and the way in which the inspection was carried out on the day.

“The feedback given by the inspector on the day was considerably different to the actual report and it is felt that the body of the report is very contradictory.

“We have a considerable amount of evidence to contradict the report that demonstrates we are at least a good to outstanding setting.”

The report recognised the staff were experienced and worked well with parents. It said they offered a welcoming space and developed good links with schools for when the children move on.

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But concerns were expressed by inspectors that the “less challenging” activities caused children to lose focus, and that not all children made good enough progress.

The report added: “Opportunities to engage children in sustained learning are disrupted to allow staff to complete routine tasks or to resolve children’s conflicts.”

The playgroup, which has 32 children on its roll, has now been given two targets to be met by September 30 – improving planning of activities to ensure children remained engaged and ensuring staff provided a good programme of activities to keep children focused.

Ms Dzundza added: “Chelmondiston Playgroup provide high quality childcare and teaching for all of the children that attend our setting.

“We welcome anyone to come and visit us to make their own decision of the services we provide.”