Top Ofsted award given to Clevedon playgroup

Staff ,pupils and parents from Sunbeams playgoup and Mary Elton after school club.

Staff ,pupils and parents from Sunbeams playgoup and Mary Elton after school club. - Credit: Archant

A playgroup in Clevedon has been awarded its second outstanding Ofsted rating in the past five years.

Sunbeams Playgroup, which is based in the grounds of Mary Elton Primary School, achieved the top ranking in all four of the key areas, including quality of teaching and effectiveness of the leadership.

The report, which followed an inspection carried out on March 8, praised staff’s knowledge of early years care and support for children while also describing children’s behaviour as ‘exemplary’.

It states: “Staff are exceptionally skilful in helping children to acknowledge their own feelings, think of others and resolve any conflict amicably.

“As a result, children’s behaviour is exemplary.

“Children are extremely motivated to learn and join in with activities. They arrive eager to participate.

“Children make outstanding progress from their starting points and older children are extremely well-prepared for school.

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“The staff are extremely successful in promoting children’s social and emotional development.”

Sarah Parker, the owner and joint manager of the playgroup, added: “We are absolutely over the moon and I’m really proud of the whole team for the achievement.

“We are of course very fortunate to have a brilliant purpose-built setting with lovely resources inside and out.”

The playgroup achieved its previous outstanding rating as a result of its last inspection in 2011, the year it moved to its current premises in Holland Road.