1st Steps Preschool

Name 1st Steps Preschool
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address St. Barnabas Parish Hall, 3 De Trafford Street, HUDDERSFIELD, HD4 5DR
Type Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises
Gender Mixed
Local Authority Kirklees
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (11 April 2016)
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Summary of key findings for parents

This provision is good Children make good progress and enjoy the wide variety of activities and resources available. Staff observe children as they play and make accurate assessments of what they know and can do. They use this knowledge to inform future planning so that each child can be challenged to move to the next stage in their learning. The well established, key-person system helps children to form strong emotional attachments. Children develop high levels of confidence and feel safe and secure in the pre-school environment. Staff work closely with parents to help them manage their children’s behaviour and support their learning at home. Parents are particularly complimentary about the story sacks and letters and sounds courses they have attended. The manager is ambitious for children and is committed to providing a high-quality service for families. She monitors the quality of the pre-school and has a clear view of the strengths and areas for development. Parents and children regularly contribute ideas of how the pre-school can be further improved. It is not yet outstanding because: While staff provide children with many good opportunities to develop their mathematical skills, they do not provide enough opportunities to help develop their understanding of counting and comparing quantities, size, weight and capacity. Although staff ask parents about children’s care routines and interests, they do not seek out the detailed information they need from parents about children’s learning and development before they start at the pre-school. Performance management arrangements are in place. However, these do not yet focus precisely on supporting all staff to reflect on their already good teaching practice, to raise children’s achievements to the highest level.