Atlas Camps Woodmancote

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About Atlas Camps Woodmancote

Name Atlas Camps Woodmancote
Address Woodmancote School, Station Road, Woodmancote, Cheltenham, GL52 9HN
Phase Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Out-of day care
Gender Mixed
Local Authority Gloucestershire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this early years setting?

This provision meets requirements Children are happy, behave very well and have excellent relationships with staff and their friends. They know the names of the adults who care for them and develop trusting relationships with them, which helps to support their emotional well-being. Older children naturally take care of younger children and help them without prompt.

For instance, they demonstrate how to create 'rainbow loom bands' and tell them the official colours of the Olympic emblem as they make posters in chalk on the playground. Children have great fun being physically active. For example, staff organise activities, such as a running game combining elements of... the games 'It' and 'hide and seek', which children thoroughly enjoy.

Staff engage in many conversations with children and they confidently voice their ideas and suggestions as they play. Staff note their interests and fascinations and build them into the planning of activities.Staff motivate and engage the children well in their play, helping them to build on developing skills for the future.

For example, younger children count backwards during a lively playground game of 'Tag' and practise balancing and ball skills. Staff consistently encourage children's choice throughout the day. Children can choose to be active, play quietly and relax in quieter spaces after a busy or energetic activity.

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

Staff encourage children's creativity and imaginations and children show good concentration as they play. For instance, children engage well in an art activity, which staff planned because they know colouring is a popular activity that many children enjoy after lively physical team games. Staff added glue, brightly coloured pipe cleaners, lollipop sticks, tissue paper and tiny pom-poms to encourage their creative skills further.

Staff are very good role models for children and promote positive behaviour successfully. This helps children of all ages interact well together and teaches them good social skills. During the inspection, younger children could tell the inspector the camp's four-step rules for behaviour and exactly what to do in a fire drill.

Children actively seek out the staff to join in their play. Staff deploy themselves exceptionally well as children make independent choices about their play. They consistently share news, talk through problems and extend their ideas.

Staff are excellent at providing encouragement, which builds children's confidence in their abilities. This is particularly evident as staff give excellent support to children to encourage group cooperation in games that support children's spatial awareness, coordination and skills.Staff communicate verbally with parents daily, so they are well informed about what their children have been doing.

Parents access an excellent range of information, for example from the camp website and digital message service. Parents are very complimentary about the camp. They say staff create a good atmosphere from the start and keep their children very happy.

The dedicated leadership team review the strengths of the camp very well and tackle any areas for improvement effectively. For instance, although staff manage children's sun safety management very well, they have recognised the need to promote children's understanding even further for those children who are sometimes reluctant to wear a sun hat during outdoor activities.Staff use very good care practices.

Children learn the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and spend quality time outdoors.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.Leaders and staff implement well-established safeguarding practices and procedures.

They use robust recruitment and vetting procedures to help ensure that all individuals associated with the camp are suitable. Staff have an up-to-date knowledge of the policies and procedures, which leaders share with them during their induction and regularly thereafter as they are reviewed and updated. Leaders have acted swiftly to address any concerns during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, to keep children, staff and parents as safe as possible.

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