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Care Inspectorate gives Strathpeffer Out of School Club a very good rating following unannounced visit

By Ian Duncan

General news.
General news.

A ROSS-SHIRE after school club has been given a very good rating following an unannounced inspection by the Care Inspectorate.

The visit to Strathpeffer Out of School Club was carried out in November and the inspector's findings have now been published.

It is registered to provide a care service for 24 children of primary school age – up to the age of 12 – and is situated in the village's community centre.

The inspector's report states: "The premises are well maintained and there is a large, safe play area outside which is well used by the children on most days."

During the visit the inspector looked at the quality of care and support, as well as the quality of staffing, and both areas received the very good rating.

The report stated: "We found that the out of school club was providing a very good service. Establishing good working relationships with the children and their families was important to the manager and

the staff.

"As a small service, the staff knew the children and their families very well. We were able to observe very good interaction between the staff and the children in attendance. There was a great deal of laughter and fun."

The report highlighted areas the service could do better including limited content in written personal plans, which were not routinely reviewed in conjunction with parents and carers to ensure they were up to date, and it recommended the children should be more involved in the preparation and serving of a regular sociable snack.

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