Aldersley Church Early Learning

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About Aldersley Church Early Learning

Name Aldersley Church Early Learning
Ofsted Inspections
Address Christ The King Church, 76 Pendeford Avenue, Wolverhampton, WV6 9EJ
Phase Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises
Gender Mixed
Local Authority Wolverhampton
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this early years setting?

The provision is good

Children enjoy spending time at this welcoming nursery.

Staff greet them with warm smiles and reassurance as they arrive, and children quickly settle into the daily routine. Children confidently make choices from the exciting toys and activities on offer. They are keen to sit together to explore dough, paint pictures, sing songs and read books.

Inspired by a story they have been told, older children pretend to make soup when they investigate a hollowed-out pumpkin. Staff provide a large saucepan, ladles, water and salt. Children recall the story as they practise their coordination skills by carefully transferring the w...ater from the saucepan into the pumpkin.

They follow the instructions to 'add a little salt'. Children are inquisitive, motivated learners.Children learn in a relaxed, calm atmosphere.

Staff speak to them with respect and offer them lots of praise and encouragement. Children confidently ask staff for help when they need it. Toddlers put their arms up for cuddles as they become sleepy, and staff are quick to respond.

Children are happy and secure and, as a result, behaviour is excellent. They have formed close relationships with staff and each other. Children are building their social skills, which will support their future development.

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

Staff are experienced and well qualified. They have a good knowledge of early years practice. They enjoy working at the nursery and have worked here for lengthy periods.

All staff are enthusiastic and hardworking. They work extremely well together and demonstrate a genuine passion for working with children.Staff are skilful in gathering information from parents when a child joins the setting.

They take time to include children's interests and preferences in planned activities. Consequently, children settle quickly. However, recent changes to the way that staff assess and monitor children's progress have not been wholly effective.

Occasionally, staff do not gather sufficient information to help them recognise swiftly enough if there are gaps in children's learning. However, the manager recognises this weakness and is keen to make improvements.The motivated staff team have created a stimulating outdoor area and children delight in playing here.

They climb and slide, ride tricycles and scooters, and explore natural materials, such as mud and sand. Children bring their own ideas to their play. For example, they use the paintbrushes and water to draw squares on the floor and then staff sing a song with them about shapes.

Children play with deep engagement and interest. They are practising their physical skills and beginning to learn how to keep themselves healthy.Stories, books and songs are a priority in the curriculum.

Staff read books and sing songs daily and the children participate with concentration and attention.Children have favourite songs which they request and then eagerly begin the actions. During outdoor play, they bring favourite books and snuggle up with staff to read together.

Children are developing a love of reading.Some children at the nursery have English as an additional language, and staff are keen to support them. For example, they have consulted parents to gather some words in children's home languages to help them settle.

However, staff do not always plan precisely enough to support the language development of these children, so progress is not as timely as it could be.Staff support children with special educational needs and/or disabilities well. They work closely with parents and specialist agencies to support children so that they are fully included.

These children make good progress from their starting points.The caring manager focuses on staff development and well-being. She provides opportunities for training to improve staff knowledge, and schedules regular supervision sessions to monitor practice.

However, she does not monitor newly implemented changes to ensure they are effective. As a result, on occasions, some children's individual needs are not fully met.The nursery has strong partnerships with parents.

Parents say that they value the sharing of information about their children's learning, and they are happy with their children's progress. Parents enjoy attending events such as sports day and children's performances. They say that staff are easy to approach and that their children 'love coming here'.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.Management and staff have a good understanding of their safeguarding responsibilities. They know how to identify signs which could indicate that a child is in danger of harm and what to do to report any concerns.

The building and outdoor spaces are safe and secure. Staff carry out detailed daily checks to ensure that this is maintained. Staff share safeguarding information with parents, such as internet safety, to help keep children safe at home.

Staff read stories and use puppets to help children begin to learn about keeping themselves safe and they help children to learn about road safety. All staff hold a paediatric first-aid certificate.

What does the setting need to do to improve?

To further improve the quality of the early years provision, the provider should: nincrease staff awareness of how to support children who speak English as an additional language, to help these children to make the best possible progress in their development nimprove observation and assessment systems, to ensure that information gathered is accurate and precise enough to swiftly identify any gaps in children's learning develop further systems to monitor changes to staff practice to ensure that they are effective and meet the individual needs of all children.

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