Ofsted Report

Our latest Ofsted Inspection was on 9th March 2017 and we were given the rating Good.

Summary of key findings for parents

This provision is good
  • Staff consistently encourage children to develop a positive attitude to learning. They have a great focus on fun activities to inspire and engage children. 
  • Staff make detailed observations, accurately assess and regularly plan to meet children's needs, taking account of their interests. Children's individual learning needs are well met and they make good progress in their learning. 
  • Children are very happy and settled. Effective group activities focus on helping them to form secure emotional bonds with their key person. 
  • Children listen to staff and respond to instructions and the rules of the setting. They enjoy activities and routines which help to support and develop their independence. 
  • Staff keep parents well informed about their child's progress and how they can support learning at home. For example, they use regular feedback meetings and progress summaries. 
It is not yet outstanding because: 
  • The pre-schools evaluation of their practice is not rigorous enough to highlight where teaching could be further improved. 
  • Staff do not always use the outdoor environment as well as they do the indoors. This means that children who prefer to play and learn outside do not always benefit from the same level of opportunity to learn in their preferred environment.   

Inspection findings
Effectiveness of the leadership and management is good  
Safeguarding is effective. Staff are well trained in the procedures to help keep children safe from harm. They have a secure understanding of how to respond in the event of a child protection concern. Parents comment they are very pleased with the service their children receive. Children in receipt of additional funding make good progress in their learning. Children who have special educational needs and/or disabilities receive excellent support. Staff work collaboratively with parents and other professionals to provide additional resources and strategies to enhance learning. Managers have rigorous recruitment and induction procedures to help ensure the continued suitability of staff. Overall self-evaluation is effective and the management team shows commitment to developing and improving their practice. 
Quality of teaching, learning and assessment is good  
Staff complete observations of children's learning and make regular assessments to ensure all children make the best possible progress. Staff engage well with children in their play and enthuse and ignite children's passion for learning. For example, staff are animated as they tell children stories using a variety of props. Staff support children's imaginations as they play in the 'post office'. Children write invitation cards for a birthday party and post them in the post box. Staff help children to develop their physical skills well. For instance, they teach children how to use knives safely to spread butter on crackers and how to catch and throw balls.  
Personal development, behaviour and welfare are good  
Gradual settling-in sessions help new children to adapt to the environment and feel emotionally secure. Parents are welcomed warmly into the pre-school and share information that helps staff understand children's stage of development. Children behave well. They are aware of the pre-school rules and learn to be kind and considerate to others by staff who are positive role models. Staff teach children the importance of healthy lifestyles. They work in partnership with parents to make sure that the food children bring in their packed lunches is well-balanced and nutritious. Mealtimes are relaxed, happy occasions. Staff sit and eat lunch with children which helps children develop their social skills.   
Outcomes for children are good 
Children enjoy good relationships with staff and each other and develop good social skills. They are kind, helpful and eager to take part in activities and have a go. Children are active and independent learners and inquisitive to try new things. All children acquire the skills and attitudes that promote future learning and their eventual move to school.