An after school care service in Alloa has been praised by the Care Inspectorate.
Kidzone Out of School Care, which operates from Redwell Primary, was visited by an inspector on two occasions last month.
After the unannounced visit, the inspector evaluated three areas as ‘very good’ - the second highest possible grading.
These were: care, play and learning; setting and staff team.
The key messages from the report included:
• Staff were kind and caring towards children and had built loving and nurturing relationships with them
• Children were listened to and supported to celebrate their achievements and have fun
• Children enjoyed free flow play between the indoor and outdoor play spaces for most of the session
• Children benefitted from a staff team that were passionate and committed to taking forward improvements.
• The environment supported children to have spaces to rest and relax
• Children's learning was documented very well and allowed them to reflect and share their experiences with their friends.
The report also stated that significant strengths were found in aspects of the care provided, supporting positive outcomes for the children.
Staff used warm, caring and nurturing approaches to support children who were happy and settled.
Children indicated they enjoyed attending the service and when asked if there was
anything they would change, they said ‘nothing’.
Planning approaches were responsive and reflected children's interests.
Children were actively listened to and their thoughts and contributions were valued.
Education spokesperson, Councillor Graham Lindsay said: “This is a heartening report which demonstrates the high quality after school care that is provided in Clackmannanshire.
“It is clear that staff at Kidzone are committed to delivering a quality service for children and families and I was pleased to see the inspector recognising their strong commitment to continuous improvement.
“I am sure that with this focus on delivering high quality experiences for children and families, the service will continue to go from strength to strength.”