A PICKERING playgroup has staged a turnaround in their Ofsted rating, going from ‘inadequate’ to ‘good’ in the space of four months.

Potter Hill playgroup, for children aged two to five, was given the ‘inadequate’ rating after an inspection in March. The report criticised the effectiveness of the leadership and the lack of support for staff.

However, the team and committee, alongside new playgroup manager Janey McKnight, who started in April, immediately began working to turn the situation around.

Ms McKnight said: “Everybody’s worked very hard - it’s been absolutely amazing. Instead of giving up we have made sure we now offer one of the best playgroup pre-schools in the area.”

An Ofsted inspection on July 18 reported: “The quality of care and education has significantly improved since the last inspection.

“The enthusiastic new manager and the management committee have successfully addressed all the actions and recommendations.”

It rated the playgroup as ‘good’ in all areas.

Thanks to a £100 grant from the Ryedale Lions, the playgroup has also purchased some new musical instruments.