Acorns Early Years Centre


Name Acorns Early Years Centre
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 06 September 2018
Address Joy House, Franklin Road, Dartford, Kent, DA2 7UZ
Phone Number 01322 550568
Type Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Full day care
Gender Mixed

Summary of key findings for parents

The provision is good • Staff establish positive partnerships with parents and keep them fully involved in their children’s learning. For instance, they regularly share children’s achievements with parents. • Staff skilfully help prepare children for their eventual move to school. For example, they introduce routines that they will experience at school, such as independently getting changed into clothes for exercise sessions. • Children are polite and behave well. For instance, even the youngest children sign ’please’ and ’thank you’. Older children confidently follow the setting rules. • The manager and staff work closely together to review their practice. For example, they evaluate the day’s events with children and listen to their views. Staff use the feedback to support their future activity plans. This helps keep children motivated to learn. This supports children to continue to make good progress. • Staff establish positive relationships with children and get to know their individual personalities well. This helps children develop positive well-being and self-esteem. • Staff support children to develop good communication skills. For example, they ask them thought-provoking questions and give them time to think and then respond. It is not yet outstanding because: • Staff do not consistently encourage children to fully understand the importance of following good health and hygiene routines. • Staff do not always manage the changes in routine effectively to help ensure that they keep all children engaged in their learning experiences.