R A B Late Play Club

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About R A B Late Play Club

Name R A B Late Play Club
Address R A Butler School, South Road, SAFFRON WALDEN, Essex, CB11 3DG
Phase Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Out-of day care
Gender Mixed
Local Authority Essex
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this early years setting?

This provision meets requirements Children arrive at the after-school club and are welcomed by friendly, familiar staff.

There is lots of chatting and laughter with their friends as they independently store their belongings. They choose from a wide selection of healthy snacks and sit with friends to share their news. Staff sit with the children at the snack table and join in with their conversations.

Staff talk to the children about the wide variety of activities that are available in the session that day. Children are excited to express what they want to do once snack time is finished. Children benefit from the well-organised club.

Staff plan act...ivities across two rooms, so children have space to enjoy them. The activities are planned with children's interests in mind. Staff also offer linked activities with the school, following themes and topics, for example a 'pirate week'.

Staff also make the most of the wider school environment, offering children the chance to play in the outside areas as well as the school hall. Children are keen to know when they can go out to the playground. Staff remind them that they need to wait until everyone has finished snack first.

Children are respectful to staff and know the routine, and so wait patiently. Staff are deployed in an organised way, so that all areas remain accessible to children during the core of the session. This offers children the opportunity to choose if they wish to play inside or outside.

What does the early years setting do well and what does it need to do better?

Children's behaviour is very good. They mix with all age groups at the club. The older children act as role models for the younger children and enjoy the sense of responsibility.

Minor disputes occasionally occur between the children. Staff are quick to intervene when necessary, and offer guidance and support to enable children to resolve the issue. Children make positive friendships across the whole school.

They talk about the club offering them the chance to play with different children that they do not typically have contact with during the school day.Children demonstrate confidence and good levels of independence. They know the routines and boundaries and make good choices.

Children ensure they inform staff before leaving one area of the club and let staff know when they are accessing the bathrooms in the school. They help tidy up activities when they are finished, and are eager to pack away the resources with care. Children demonstrate appreciation for the activities and resources that are on offer.

Staff plan the snack and tea menu with consideration to children's preferences. They support children to understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Staff ensure children have access to larger spaces, where they can run and play ball games and enjoy being active.

A wide variety of healthy snack options are available for snack and tea. Children say that they particularly like being able to choose what they want to eat.Parents report on the 'exceptional' care the staff offer the children.

They particularly praise the staff for the friendly, welcoming atmosphere. They appreciate the consistency of staff, which they feel leads to children feeling secure and well looked after. Parents of children with specific needs report on how supportive the manager and team have been.

They care for their child's needs with dignity and respect. They comment that communication is excellent and that they feel well informed of their child's sessions.Managers have developed an effective partnership with the teaching staff of the host school.

They communicate regularly to ensure children are well supported at the club. Staff receive communication about any children that may need ongoing additional support.The management team plan effectively to ensure the club is very well organised.

A well-planned induction process ensures all new staff members attend appropriate training. This means that they can fulfil their responsibilities effectively and efficiently. The management team seek out parent's and children's feedback using questionnaires.

The results then have an impact on any changes made to the service. The manager also uses reflection to plan improvements to the service. A clear training plan is in place for all staff, but the manager recognises this could be improved.

Increased opportunities for staff to develop their skills with a wider training programme is being planned.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.All staff receive safeguarding training regularly.

They are aware of their role to help keep children safe. Staff are able to identify the signs and symptoms that may indicate that a child is at risk. They know how and when to report their concerns and when to contact outside agencies if required.

Staff provide a safe and secure environment. They use clear procedures for suitable staff deployment to monitor children's whereabouts at all times. The leaders have a robust recruitment and monitoring procedure to help ensure all staff are suitable to work with children.

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