Name Acorns
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 06 November 2019
Address Churcham Primary School, Churcham, Gloucestershire, GL2 8BD
Phone Number 07895 151782
Type Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Sessional 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 good

Staff create a warm and welcoming environment. Children are happy and keen to attend, and they develop close bonds with the staff and their peers. They play together harmoniously, creating their own imaginative play, inviting one another to join in and making decisions together. Staff promote children’s social skills effectively. They set good examples and provide clear explanations to support children’s understanding of positive behaviour. For instance, children are encouraged to use sand timers to take turns and are taught to resolve conflicts independently.There are plenty of opportunities for children to express their creativity. A wide range of interesting resources allow children to use their imagination throughout the day. For instance, children build a fire engine outside and create an elaborate rescue operation together. They enjoy making music with instruments and confidently sing a range of familiar songs. Children become engrossed in craft activities. They learn to mix a range of media to carefully create their artwork, such as pictures of fireworks. Staff have high expectations of all children, adapting activities effectively to meet each child’s next steps in learning. Children engage well and develop good listening and concentration skills, which prepares them well for their future learning.

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

nThe manager is committed to continuous improvement. She closely monitors the progress that individual and groups of children make. She uses this information effectively to develop her curriculum and target improvements to ensure all children make the best possible progress. For instance, she has recently extended the provision for physical challenge and exercise each week.nStaff build positive relationships with parents, who speak very highly of the setting. They seek parents’ views when evaluating the setting and make effective improvements that enhance children’s experiences. Parents receive regular information about their children’s development and progress. However, the manager recognises that further support could be given to help all parents to build on their children’s learning at home.nStaff provide strong support for children’s literacy development. Children enjoy a wide range of opportunities to explore making marks and develop confidence in writing. For instance, they learn to write numerals in a large tray of coloured rice and have a go at drawing different patterns with chalk outside. Children regularly create their own stories, which are written down by supportive staff. They then excitedly re-enact the stories with their friends. This helps to enhance children’s language, imagination, confidence and creative writing skills.nStaff place strong emphasis on promoting children’s independence and self-care skills. For instance, they patiently support children to put on their coats, and children learn to manage buttons and zips independently. Children are keen to take on small tasks such as tidying, sweeping and washing up, and they persist to complete them.nStaff offer strong support for children’s emotional well-being. For instance, time is put aside each day for discussions where children have opportunities to express their thoughts and ideas. Staff teach children the language of feelings and support children to share their emotions and empathise with one another.nThe manager and staff work well together and are a strong team. Training opportunities are used effectively to improve staff knowledge and skills, to maintain a high-quality provision. For instance, staff have attended training on how to use the observation and assessment tools effectively. They have further plans to attend a course to ensure that a phonics programme (letters and the sounds they represent) can be delivered effectively. The manager works in close partnership with the host school, which helps to offer children a seamless transition to school.nThe manager is keen to provide children with a wide range of experiences and offer a rich curriculum that supports children’s all-around development. For instance, she arranges additional classes such as yoga, which supports children’s physical well-being. She also plans regular trips, such as to the zoo, to widen their knowledge of the world. However, the resources and activities on offer do not extend children’s awareness and understanding of cultural diversity beyond their immediate experience as well as possible.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.The manager ensures staff keep their safeguarding knowledge up to date. Staff have a good knowledge of the signs and symptoms which may indicate that children are at risk of harm. They have a secure understanding of wider safeguarding issues. They are confident with the procedures to follow if they have a concern about a child in their care. Staff know how to identify and minimise risks. They are well deployed and vigilant when supervising children. They set clear rules and boundaries that help children to keep themselves and others safe.

What does the setting need to do to improve?

To further improve the quality of the early years provision, the provider should:nbuild on ways to support all parents to make an even greater contribution to their children’s learning at homenenhance children’s opportunities to explore and strengthen their understanding of diversity and communities beyond their immediate experience.