HELPING children to lead a healthy lifestyle has resulted in a glowing Ofsted report for Kirton Kids Club.
The club was graded ‘good in all areas’ by the education watchdog with an ‘outstanding’ for the extent to which children embrace a healthy lifestyle.
Based in Kirton Youth Centre, High Street, the club provides before and after-school and holiday care for children aged three-14 years.
The Ofsted inspector noted the club succeeds in providing ‘a welcoming and inclusive environment in which every child flourishes’ and praised the ‘well-qualified staff’ for working closely with parents and other professionals to support children with special educational needs or disabilities.
The report found that parents were complimentary about the early years provision, saying ‘it meets children’s needs and is flexible and friendly’.
Children too were praised for being ‘active and inquisitive learners’ with their behaviour described as ‘extremely good’.
The inspector wrote: “Children have outstanding opportunities to develop a healthy lifestyle.”
Manager Carolyn Sharpe said she was ‘thrilled’ with the results of the report, particularly for recognition of the club’s aim to promote a healthy lifestyle.
“The club is obviously very keen to promote this area of learning,” she said. “The staff and children have put together their own book of healthy recipes. They prepare their own lunch menus during the holiday sessions and have the ‘Kirton Kids Club Café’ where they serve their meals, help to set the tables and of course, eat up the goodies they have made.
“Together with this, the children are very involved with the Grow2Eat activities. With the help of Boston Borough Council, volunteers and staff, they produced plants and herbs last year, and vegetables, plants, herbs and fruits this year – all of which get used in their baking sessions, eaten at snack times or taken home to show off.
“The children also now have a wonderful outside space with artificial turf, play equipment, benches and tables. There is also a covered area that enables them to spend much more time out in the fresh air, even when the weather is not so good, helping them to stay fit and healthy.”
She added: “My thanks are not just extended to staff, parents and children, but to anyone who has had a hand in helping us achieve such an excellent report.”