|Name||Acorn Day Nursery Burton Latimer|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||07 February 2019|
|Address||Burton Park, Burton Latimer, NN15 5PS|
|Phone Number||01536 726700|
|Type||Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Full day care|
Summary of key findings for parents
This provision is good • The manager is a strong leader. She has high expectations for staff performance and outcomes for children. • Children experience a rich and vibrant range of activities in the forest-school environment. Staff inspire and motivate children by sparking their imagination. For example, they listen for moles in the mole hills and make exciting potions with ’frog slime’ and ’dragon tears’. • The manager and key person visit children and their families in their own home before they start at nursery. This helps to develop trusting relationships and enables staff to see children in their familiar environment. Consequently, children’s emotional wellbeing is supported from the beginning of their placement. • Staff provide well-resourced learning environments inside and outside that stimulate children’s interest, curiosity and excitement. Children have plenty of opportunities to make choices and be independent. • Staff keep parents well informed of their children’s progress through daily verbal communication and an online messaging group. Parents speak highly about the nursery and the progress their children have made. Staff provide families with ’learning bags’ to take home and share activities. • Staff help to develop children’s communication and language skills. They listen to them, value what they say and ask questions to extend their ideas. Children show high levels of confidence and speak eloquently to visitors. • Although teaching is strong, the manager has not yet explored further professional development opportunities for staff to help raise the quality of teaching to an even higher level. • Occasionally, children become distracted and are not consistently engaged during some daily routines.