Balcombe playgroup staff praised by Ofsted for ‘exceptional’ and ‘superb’ work

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A playgroup has been praised by Ofsted for its ‘exceptional‘ support and education for children and ‘superb’ links with parents.

Tiggers Playgroup, in Stockcroft Road, Balcombe, has received an ‘outstanding’ grade in its latest Ofsted report - an improvement from its previous ‘good’ grade and the highest rating available from Ofsted.

The inspection report, published on July 4, said ‘staff prepare children exceptionally well for school’.

It added: “Staff support children extremely well through focused interactions.

“Children with special educational needs and/or disabilities receive exceptional help because staff work closely with other professionals to seek additional support for individual children.

“Children progress very well and any gaps in their learning close rapidly.

“Staff work extremely closely with parents, which builds superb links between home and the setting. Staff share children’s achievements with their parents, which builds children’s self-esteem and confidence.”

The group was rated as ‘outstanding’ in every area of inspection.

The report continued: “The manager ensures staff have an excellent knowledge of how to safeguard children.

“They reinforce staff’s responsibilities through frequent tests and training.”

Clare Clarke-Jones, the playgroup’s supervisor, said: “We have amazing staff with a real passion for Early Years Education, backed by a supportive committee. We have worked so hard for this outcome and we are very proud and delighted that our achievements have been recognised.

“I was particularly pleased that the report noted that ‘Children and staff have wonderful relationships, which are evident as they laugh and play together’. I think this is one of the most important things in child care and describes us very well. We aim to provide children with a safe and loving environment where they can have fun and learn.”