Abercromby Nursery School

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About Abercromby Nursery School

Name Abercromby Nursery School
Website http://www.abercrombynurseryschool.co.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Address Falkner Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L8 7QA
Phase Nursery
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 79
Local Authority Liverpool
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Abercromby Nursery is a wonderfully magical place to be. Children's faces beam with delight when they talk about their newly hatched chicks or are chosen in 'together time' for trying their best.

Children are safe and happy as they excitedly explore the inspirational learning environment and the captivating activities on offer.

Staff always have children's best interests and welfare at heart. Children are confident that adults will care for and support them. The exceptional relationships that staff have with children create a warm and secure atmosphere where all children excel.

Whatever their starting points, children are exceptionally well supported in their... learning and play by staff who are experts in understanding the needs of young children. In turn, children are inquisitive and happy learners. The excellent start that they enjoy at Abercromby Nursery ensures that they thrive and are fully prepared for their next school.

Behaviour is exemplary. Children concentrate deeply. They are keen to persevere with a task until they get it right.

They jump with glee when they learn new skills. Children form strong friendships, and they care greatly for one another. For example, when seeing a child sad another told her 'It is okay, we are all friends here.'

Leaders make sure any potential bullying is nipped in the bud.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Leaders, governors and staff deliver an innovative and ambitious curriculum to all children. They are committed to ensuring that every child that attends Abercromby Nursery, including children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are offered the very best foundation for their future education.

They are highly successful in making this happen.

Leaders draw on the best early years research and practice to inform their curriculum. In each area of learning, the curriculum is exceptionally well designed.

It gets to the heart of what young children need to know and in what order. Staff ensure that the curriculum enables all children to build firmly on what they already know and can do.

Leaders value their staff.

They prioritise staff's ongoing training to enable them to become experts in how to deliver the curriculum. This has made a significant and substantial contribution to the quality of education that children receive. As a result of high-quality staff training, coupled with a purposefully planned curriculum, children's achievement is excellent.

Children are incredibly well prepared for their next steps in education.

Staff listen carefully to what children say and they observe exactly what children do. Staff check children's learning carefully.

They know just when to step in and when to step back. Consequently, children develop their confidence to try out new and challenging activities.

The provision for two- and three-year-olds is a hive of activity and caters exceptionally well for these young children.

Staff are experts at teaching this age group. They edge up to children to play alongside them and then make the most of every opportunity for learning. Children relish learning to count while playing with the play dough or painting.

They love to listen and join in with the songs that staff sing with them. A wide range of interesting and exciting activities help children to explore their environment. They listen to the sounds around them.

They run, climb and learn to express themselves creatively. They learn new skills and deepen their understanding of the world around them.

Throughout the Nursery, staff seize every opportunity to skilfully use their interactions with children to develop their communication and language.

This includes children who speak English as an additional language. Adults are quick to build on children's interests and curiosity. They expertly and sensitively add to and reinforce new vocabulary.

Children quickly find their voice in the knowledge they will always be heard.

The school day is built around books, songs and rhymes. The enjoyment of reading and storytelling is a prominent feature of school life.

Children gravitate towards adults to listen to a story. They were often seen initiating storytelling by taking a book to an adult to share with them and their friends. Staff draw on children's growing vocabulary and knowledge of story language.

Children practise their growing knowledge and understanding of stories as they play with puppets and props. For example, outside, children delighted in making a bridge out of crates and planks for the 'Billy Goats Gruff'. Children also enjoy making up their own versions of the stories they have been immersed in.

Older children begin to learn the initial phonetic sounds of words, such as in their names, and how to orally blend simple sounds to make words.

Staff are particularly effective at identifying and supporting children with SEND. They expertly use their knowledge of each child to put just the right strategies in place to make sure that children get the support they need.

Children with SEND blossom and succeed, alongside their peers.

The school has a small, resourced provision for children with SEND. Children in this provision receive highly effective support from adults who have a strong understanding of the particular difficulties that these children face.

Children achieve well and are fully involved in the life of school.

The personal development of children is carefully nurtured. Children, as well as adults, can be heard extolling the Abercromby values such as 'being kind and helpful' and 'everybody is important', for example when they play with each other and when spotting characters in stories that are not sharing or saying sorry.

Staff give sensitive support and guidance to help children talk about and manage their feelings.

Leaders and governors lead by example. Governors hold leaders fully to account for their work.

Staff feel exceptionally well supported with their workload and well-being. Staff are very proud to work at the school.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

All staff at Abercromby Nursery believe that safeguarding is everyone's responsibility. Leaders ensure that staff and governors are exceptionally well trained and knowledgeable about keeping children safe. Staff report concerns promptly, and leaders respond diligently.

Leaders are extremely strong advocates for vulnerable pupils and their families. Where safeguarding needs are identified, support is swift. Leaders are quick to engage external agencies when needed.

They are not afraid to challenge if they think more should be done.

The curriculum provides lots of opportunities for children to learn about safety. For example, children learn about playing in the woodland area attached to the school and how to use tools such as drills safely when making holes in wood.

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