|Name||Acorn Playgroup & Pre-School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||18 October 2013|
|Address||Whitehill, WELWYN, Hertfordshire, AL6 9FN|
|Phone Number||01438 840 132|
|Type||Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises|
Information about the setting
Acorns Playgroup and Pre-School has been in operation in this area since 1994. It was re-registered in 2013 on the Early Years Register and the compulsory part of the Childcare Register at the current premises. It is a community group, run as a charity and managed by a board of trustees. Acorns Playgroup and Pre-School operates from a self-contained unit close to Welwyn village centre in Hertfordshire. Children have direct access to an enclosed outside play space. The setting serves the local area and is accessible to all children. The setting opens Monday to Friday during term time from 9am until 4pm. They provide playgroup sessions for children aged from two years between 9am and 12 noon. The pre-school sessions for older children runs from 1pm until 4pm. Children may attend all day or for a variety of sessions. A lunch club caters for children staying the full day. The registered provider works as the day-to-day manager, she holds an early years foundation degree, the deputy also has an early years foundation degree. In addition, the setting employs four members of childcare staff who hold early years qualifications at level 3 in early years care and education. The setting provides funded early education for two-, three- and four-year-old children. It supports children who speak English as an additional language. The setting is a member of the Pre-school Learning Alliance. What the setting needs to do to improve further To further improve the quality of the early years provision the provider should: build on the opportunities for children to further develop their independence by becoming more involved in preparation and tidying away throughout the sessions.