The Campie After School Club at Musselburgh has received a glowing report from inspectors.

Run by a voluntary committee, the service is registered with the Care Inspectorate to provide a care service to a maximum of 62 primary school-aged children.

The unannounced inspection of the club, which is situated in temporary units in the grounds of Campie Primary School at Stoneyhill Farm Road, took place in September.

Key messages in the report were: children were found to be relaxed, engaged in play and had “a clear sense of belonging in the setting”; staff interactions with children were “kind, caring and nurturing”; the premises provided a “welcoming and spacious space to play”; staff were “flexible and support each other to work as a team to benefit children”; quality assurance processes should be “formalised.”

The inspector from the Care Inspectorate rated care, play and learning at the club as “very good.”

The setting, leadership and staff team were also deemed to be “good.”

The inspector found “significant strengths” in aspects of the care provided and how these supported “positive outcomes” for children.

Staff were “sensitive and skilled” when responding to children’s individual care.

The inspector said “effective procedures” were in place to support children’s freedom of choice.

The report stated that children experienced “high-quality facilities”, benefiting from “a spacious, well-ventilated environment with plenty of natural light”.

Work needed to continue to ensure that play experiences were set up in all playrooms for children arriving at the club, the report said, adding: “This would provide children with greater opportunities to make choices about how they spent their time.”

“Safety checks and effective communication by staff meant that children were always accounted for,” the inspector said.

“Some children from primary four and above were able to sign themselves out of the club and make their own way home. For children’s safety, we would encourage management to consider and review the systems in place for children leaving the setting,” the report added.

The inspector said that the manager and the staff team promoted a “welcoming ethos” which created a “sense of belonging” for children, helping them feel “safe and respected”.

Communication with parents was good, it was noted.

The service had a system in place for recording accidents and incidents. There were a number of accidents recorded which had involved children using the hammock outdoors, the report said.

“We suggested as part of quality assurance systems, the manager should review accidents and incidents, and record any action necessary. The manager should develop a risk assessment to support children’s safety in this area of play,” said the inspector.

The club had considered improvement priorities since the last inspection in April 2018, the report highlighted.

For example, it had developed personal plans for children with additional support needs, reviewed the club’s play policy and the use of TV and gaming within the service.

The report said: “Formal quality assurance systems were still in the initial stages of being developed. To ensure consistently positive outcomes for children, quality assurance processes should be further developed and embedded to ensure all aspects of practice are effectively monitored.”