Good Ofsted for school club run by parents

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A BEFORE and after-school club in Cosham where children have a flair for snooker and exploring the globe has received a ‘good’ Ofsted rating.

Langstone before and after-school club, which operates from Langstone Infants School, received the feedback following a visit on January 17.

Her Majesty’s Inspector Chrstine Clint said: ‘Staff show a clear focus on including children and working with them to promote their development.

‘There is a strong dedication to maintaining continual improvement whilst providing opportunities for socialising and relaxation.’

She added: ‘Children are confident and arrive at the club happily, making choices over the activities they wish to be involved in and initiating their own play ideas.

‘They are eager to talk and play with friends and enjoy a game of snooker. Children sit with staff to look at pictures showing flags of different countries, they can identify the Union Jack and enjoy discovering the differences between this and the flags of other countries.

‘Children develop role play games with pretend food, they say they are having a midnight feast and pretend to carry their picnic upstairs.

‘They use the white board to practise writing names and they talk about letter sounds and how to write each other’s name.

‘The club rules have been established by the children and they include clear examples of encouraging children to build relationships. They play computer games together and they have talent shows and competitions that involve all the children.’

The club is run by a committee of parents and currently has 45 children aged between four and eight years on its roll.