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Ofsted Explained: Our Recent Results and What it Means to be MET.As an Ofsted registered childcare provider, our camps receive regular inspections from Ofsted to ensure that our on-camp policies and procedures are always in line with best practice. Until recently it was possible to achieve one of four grades: Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement or Inadequate. However, changes made to Ofsted’s inspection framework in September 2019 introduced the criteria: ‘MET’ or ‘NOT MET’. Why the change and what does it actually mean to be graded ‘MET’? These changes were made as a result of insights made by the public sector, who felt that the existing framework took into consideration certain variables that were not relevant within Out of School settings.
For example, aspects of mainstream education such as learning outcomes or quality of teaching. Instead, recognizing the need to focus on the child’s experience in these extracurricular environments, the new syllabus concentrates on a more holistic approach to learning; how children learn and develop through social interaction and cultural stimuli, how the safe and secure environments our staff create inspire positive behaviours, healthy choices and emotional resilience. These ideas are covered by three judgement criteria Ofsted will now use when conducting inspections: Behaviour and Attitudes, Personal Development Leadership and Management For pre-school settings, school’s and educational institutions are also graded by a fourth criteria: Quality of Education To be graded MET then, means quite simply, to have met these requirements. If graded as ‘NOT MET’, Ofsted will assign a grading of either ‘not met with actions’ or ‘not met with enforcement’ in which case further action would be taken. Is MuddyBoots Camps a ‘MET’ childcare provider?
Our first inspection took place just recently during our Summer camps when Ofsted visited our Cobham site at St Matthew’s School. Following the inspection, we are pleased to announce that we achieved the best possible result: MET! Encouraged by the success of these great results, we’re excited to maintain the momentum of this success going forward. For us, the new Ofsted frameworks means having the opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to child wellbeing. Here are just a few of the brilliant things Ofsted had to say about our Early Years programme. The full report can be found here.https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/16/EY552114
“Children are happy to attend and are eager to take part in a range of stimulating activities. They enjoy their time at this friendly and welcoming club”.
“The passionate manager leads a team of highly qualified staff. They all have incredibly high expectations for children and carry out their job roles effectively. Staff receive regular training to support their ongoing development. They share their skills and new learning with the team. The manager invests highly in her staff team. Staff have regular opportunities to discuss their well-being. They report feeling valued and say that they enjoy their work”.
“Parents are very complimentary about the setting. They comment that the staff know their children well, and are extremely happy with the care that their children receive”
“Staff are extremely sensitive to children’s emotional needs and take swift action to ensure children feel positive, secure and content. They engage with children enthusiastically and hold in-depth conversations with children about their lives outside of the club”
A big thank yo our superb team of teachers that have always worked so hard to give the best experience to everyone attending Muddy Boots Camps. Thanks to you all for always supporting us!