Ofsted are the regulatory body for Education, Children’s Services and Skills and are responsible for inspecting the provision under these entities. We are proud to be one of the few wraparound providers who are registered on all three of Ofsted’s registers (Early Years, Childcare and Voluntary) and subsequently we are one of the few providers that can provide wraparound care for children aged from 3 years old.
Ratio’s and Staffing
At The Gap Club our ratios, staff training and qualifications are determined by the Statutory Framework of the EYFS.
Qualifications – As we provide group care, each setting has a Supervisor on site that holds a relevant qualification in Childcare or Playwork. A number of other staff within the setting can also hold relevant qualifications. Ratios – For children under 8 years of age, our staff are deployed on a 1:8 ratio and for any children over the age of 8, we have the flexibility of a 1:10 ratio. At the Gap Club we aim to stick to a 1:8 ratio throughout all age ranges to ensure quality and safety is maintained, however this is not a legal requirement.
Training – Regular staff receive 12 hour Paediatric First Aid Training, Level 2 Food Hygiene and Catering Training and an Introduction to Safeguarding. These three courses are deemed as essential training and are updated every three years. We are able to access training programmes through Surrey County Council and The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. These programmes consist of many training opportunities for our staff in a number of areas such as advanced safeguarding, risky play, various special educational needs, leadership and management, safer recruitment, behaviour management, EYFS and Play.
At The Gap Club Ltd, we meet the EYFS Framework through the following avenues:
– Primary Provider Links
– Key Person’s at The Gap Club
A key person is responsible for a small group of children that are in the EYFS age group. You will be informed who your child’s key person is, once your child/children have had an opportunity to settle in and initiate bonds with the staff and a natural candidate has been identified.
We are delighted to share with you our recent Ofsted Inspection reports, these have all been achieved since August 2017 with our Thorpe and Wraysbury After School Clubs achieving an OUTSTANDING rating and all other provisions a GOOD.
Our Clubs Reports:
• Englefield Green
• King’s Court (Old Windsor)
• St. Jude’s