Ofsted 2013 Report


Key takeaways

How well the early years provision meets the needs of the range of children who attend

“Children are motivated and interested to learn. They are welcomed into the nursery by a member of staff who greets them warmly. Children are cared for in age appropriate group rooms that enable staff to provide activities tailored to their individual needs and interests. Children settle quickly and become involved in a wide range of activities. Toddlers are excited to visit the sensory room where they explore rope lights, a bubble machine and different sensory balls. Staff provide good levels of support encouraging them to investigate as they show curiosity.”

The contribution of the early years provision to the well-being of children

“Children behave well. They are encouraged to learn about the boundaries and expectations through visual prompts and ‘golden promises’ that are displayed in all areas of the nursery. Staff are positive role models in the way they speak to the children and each other. This promotes children’s good manners and consideration to others. Children are encouraged to respect and value others through celebrating a variety of festivals throughout the year. In addition there is a good range of resources that enable children to see positive images of our diverse society.”

The effectiveness of the leadership and management of the early years provision

There is a strong management team who are enthusiastic and provide staff with examples of good practice. There are effective systems to involve staff, parents and children in the decision-making process. For example, parent questionnaires and informal opportunities to talk to the manager and director who welcome parents into the nursery in the mornings. Staff have good opportunities to develop their knowledge and understanding. They are required to complete a minimum of 24 hours training each year.