Club graded as ‘inadequate’ for staff shortage


An after school and holiday club was graded as inadequate due to staff shortages.

But its chairman says the issue has already been rectified.

Barney’s Club in Great Gransden was assessed in December.

The Ofsted report states: “The setting is not meeting the welfare requirements of the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage and this has a significant impact on children.

“This is because the setting is not meeting the requirement for the ratio of qualified staff and does not have a named deputy who is qualified to take charge in the absence of the manager.”

Chairman Sue Meredith said the club alerted Ofsted to the staff shortage.

She said: “Because Barney’s was short of one staff member with the statutory qualification there was no option for Ofsted but to grade us as ‘inadequate.’ Since the inspection we have recruited an additional staff member with the appropriate level NVQ.

“Whilst Barney’s does not seek to minimise the significance of the grading, parents’ comments support the view that it is not a reflection of our day-to-day care.”

Ofsted praised the club’s safeguarding, children’s understanding of safety and their chance to become independent learners.