Top marks for village’s thriving playgroup

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A FOLLOW-up visit to Denholm playgroup by the HM Inspectorate of Education has resulted in a glowing report which praised the relationship between staff, children and parents.

Last month’s inspection took place following a previous visit which highlighted several areas for improvement, but the Inspectorate has now found the centre is thriving and requires no further visits.

It states: “Improvements in performance and improvements through self-evaluation are now satisfactory.”

Particular strengths are happy, confident children who enjoy their learning, positive and caring relationships between staff and children, and the involvement of parents in supporting learning. Other areas ticked off by the inspector were how the children learn and achieve, how staff support learning, and expectations of the children. Of the latter it says: “Staff encourage good manners and have high expectations of children’s behaviour.”

Summing up the nursery, which has a roll of 25, the report adds: “The manager and staff show a high level of commitment and enthusiasm to the ongoing improvement of the playgroup. They now have a clearer vision of how they would like the playgroup to develop.”

It concludes: “HMIE will make no further visits in connection with the inspection of February 2010.”