An unannounced inspection took place at Kidzone which is based in Redwell Primary, in October and the inspection report has now been published.
Inspectors graded the service as 'Very Good' in all areas of inspection - quality of care and support, and quality of staffing. The inspection found the following strengths:
- Staff encouraged children to test out and be included in activities, particularly children who were shy, which encouraged quieter children to be accepted, build confidence and self esteem
- Physical activities were encouraged by motivated and caring staff, including outdoor play such as football, using bikes and chalking on the ground
- Staff put professional guidance into practice such as 'Setting the Table' which had a positive impact on children being included in menu planning and eating healthy snacks
- Children attended other activities in the community and were supported by staff to prepare for these, such as getting changed for a dancing class
- Staff provided a child led approach, children's interests where constantly reviewed and their suggestions listened to and acted upon
Education Spokesperson Cllr George Matchett said: "I'm happy to see that staff are working with so much care and attention to ensure that children attending Kidzone can benefit from an enjoyable and active programme after school. I congratulate them on this very positive inspection report, and thank them for their commitment to ongoing improvement."