ACP Early Years


Name ACP Early Years
Ofsted Inspection Rating Inadequate
Inspection Date 13 February 2020
Address Ashiana Community Project, 21-25 Grantham Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, B11 1LU
Phone Number 0121 6876767
Type Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Full day care
Gender Mixed
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

What is it like to attend this early years setting?

The provision is inadequate

Leaders and managers have failed to meet several requirements of the early years foundation stage. This results in the overall quality of the provision for children being poor. The manager does not ensure children’s safety and well-being. She has failed to ensure there is at least one person with a paediatric first-aid qualification is present to be able to respond to emergencies quickly. Other required training has also lapsed, this is with particular regard to the manager’s child protection training. She acts as the designated lead for safeguarding within the setting but has failed to update her training in a timely manner. Failings in procedures followed, with regards to risk assessments and recruitment procedures, also have an adverse impact on children’s safety. Furthermore, staff lack the skills and knowledge they need to promote children’s learning and development. They do not use the information they gather on children to effectively plan for children’s individual needs, interests and stage of development. They have also failed to complete the required progress check at age two. These failings mean that children do not make as much progress in their learning as possible. Nevertheless, children are happy and settled at the nursery. Staff are kind, caring and respond well to the emotional needs of the children. Children can make choices in their play. They play cooperatively with each other and readily invite others to join in with their play.

What does the early years setting do well and what does it need to do better?

nThe manager does not ensure that there is at least one person who has a current paediatric first-aid qualification present when children attend. In addition to this, the manager who acts as the designated lead for safeguarding, has not attended a recent child protection training course. These weaknesses put children’s safety and well-being at risk.nRisk assessments are poor. Managers and staff have not fully considered or minimised some risks in the environment. They have not identified some worn and unsafe outdoor equipment and do not ensure all fire doors are kept closed. Recruitment procedures are not robust. The manager does not record all the required information about staff identity vetting processes. This compromises children’s safety and welfare.nManagers and staff do not have a good enough knowledge of the early years foundation stage. They do not understand how to use their observations of children to plan age-appropriate and challenging activities to meet the needs of individual children. In addition to this, the manager does not ensure that staff complete the required progress check for children between the ages of two and three years. Therefore, staff are unable to identify any areas of learning that children may require further support for. This means that children who may not be developing within the typical range of development are not receiving the support they need to enable them to make rapid progress.nChildren make friendships with each other. They are learning to share and show consideration towards others. However, on some occasions staff do not give children the support they need to learn what is expected of them. For example, when children swing backwards when sitting on a chair, staff merely tell them to stop. This does not give children the understanding of why certain behaviours and actions are unwanted.nParents report that they are pleased with the care and learning opportunities their children receive. They feel that the staff are friendly and approachable. They value the support they receive from the manager. They express how happy and settled their children are when attending.nChildren enjoy regular opportunities to enjoy physical play outdoors. They enjoy healthy snacks, such as a selection of fresh fruits. Children’s good health is further promoted as staff remind children to wash their hands before eating and after using the toilet.nChildren enjoy initiating their own play ideas. For example, children show genuine curiosity as they use the torch to explore the ’Under the sea’ display on the ceiling. They use their imaginations as they pretend to serve visitors with ’ice creams’, while playing outside.

Safeguarding

The arrangements for safeguarding are not effective.The manager does not follow safe recruitment procedures to ensure staff have been checked for their suitability to work with children. Staff spoken to on the day of inspection demonstrate an appropriate understanding of safeguarding policies and procedures. However, the designated lead for safeguarding within the setting has not updated her child protection training. This means that she may be unable to respond appropriately to any concerns about children’s welfare. Failings in ensuring there is a person with a current paediatric first-aid qualification on the premises when children attend and in risk assessments being effective in minimising potential hazards, also compromise children’s safety and well-being.

What does the setting need to do to improve?

To meet the requirements of the early years foundation stage and Childcare Register the provider must:Due dateensure there is at least one person who has a current paediatric first-aid qualification on the premises and available at all times when children are present12/03/2020ensure the member of staff who is designated to take the lead for safeguarding children attends an appropriate and relevant child protection training course12/03/2020improve the risk assessment procedures to ensure risks within the environment are identified and removed12/03/2020record information about the identity checks that have been carried out on staff12/03/2020improve the quality of teaching by ensuring all staff have appropriate knowledge and understanding of the early years foundation stage and support staff to understand how to use the information they gain from their observations to plan challenging and purposeful play opportunities to meet the individual needs of children26/03/2020ensure staff review children’s progress and provide parents with a short, written summary of their child’s development, when a child is aged between two and three years.26/03/2020To further improve the quality of the early years provision, the provider should:ngive children a clear message and the consistent guidance they need to learn the expectations for their behaviour.