“Outstanding” playcentre celebrates

Pictured during a session at the OSCAR Playcentre, based at West Hartlepool Rugby Club, are Nathan Pilcher, Harry Shaw, Kirsty Rae, Grace McDonald, Phoebe Walker and Kai Lynn

Pictured during a session at the OSCAR Playcentre, based at West Hartlepool Rugby Club, are Nathan Pilcher, Harry Shaw, Kirsty Rae, Grace McDonald, Phoebe Walker and Kai Lynn

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AN out-of-school childcare service that was hailed as “outstanding” by Government inspectors celebrated in style by giving youngsters a well-deserved treat.

The West Hartlepool Rugby Club-based OSCAR Playcentre, in Catcote Road, received the glowing Ofsted report in August this year, as reported by the Mail.

The report praised staff and children at the play centre and said: “Children are very happy, confident and well cared for at the very welcoming and inclusive club.”

As a way of celebrating the excellent report, staff organised an action-packed week of activities for youngsters during their half-term break.

The week kicked off with a feast of fun in the play centre, which included a disco, magic show, face painting and balloon entertainment.

And the children will be busy throughout this week enjoying Halloween-themed events, films and collage making as well as a visit to Summerhill.

Sandra Robinson, Hartlepool Borough Council’s out of school co-ordinator, said: “Obviously we were absolutely delighted to receive the outstanding Ofsted report and we thought it would be a good idea to have a celebratory day during the first day of the half-term holidays.

“The kids absolutely loved it, they all got a balloon to take home and had their face painted.”

Sandra praised staff, children and parents for their role in ensuring the Ofsted report was so positive.

She added: “Everyone played a part in ensuring we received an outstanding report, and we would like to say a big well done to staff, children and also to parents.”

OSCARS, which has been running for almost 20 years, provides after school and holiday care for children between the ages of three and 16.

Parents can drop children off from 8am during school holidays and the youngsters can enjoy activities prior to being picked up before 5.45pm.

The centre also runs an after school service which involves children being picked up from school with parents collecting them before 6pm.