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What is it like to attend this early years setting?
The provision is outstanding
Children and babies are extremely happy, safe and content. They benefit from the excellent care and consistent routines provided by a highly qualified and dedicated staff team. All children form very strong attachments with their devoted key person and are emotionally secure.
Sensitive and caring staff quickly respond to the youngest children's needs, for example when new children become upset. Babies quickly settle in the warm, friendly and homely environment. They flourish in an environment that successfully promotes their independence and confidence.
Children with special educational needs and/or disabilities... receive swift and targeted support from skilled and highly trained staff, alongside external agencies, where required. This means that all children make strong progress from when they first start, and go on to achieve their very best. Staff plan a broad range of challenging and exciting activities based on children's interests, and what they already know and can do.
All children routinely show enjoyment and engagement. They freely choose from an excellent range of high-quality resources that stimulate their imagination and curiosity. Staff have very high expectations for what children can achieve in preparing them for the next stage of their learning.
Children are tremendously confident and eager learners.
What does the early years setting do well and what does it need to do better?
Partnerships with parents are outstanding. Parents speak very positively of staff, and are enthusiastic in their praise of them.
Parents commend the consistent and effective support from highly skilled staff. Furthermore, they say children make excellent progress in their confidence and ability to manage their feelings and behaviour.The caring and committed staff team follows robust procedures to support children's transition.
This promotes their emotional well-being effectively. For example, staff provide extended settling-in sessions to help children quickly feel secure. Parents and key persons help to settle children when they change rooms in the nursery, and staff prepare older children remarkably well for their move to school.
Staff expertly plan an educational programme based on what children already know, enjoy, and need to learn next, in order to extend their learning. Staff enhance children's language skills by introducing new vocabulary during play. For example, older children competently describe position, as 'over', 'higher' and 'longer', as they play in the garden.
Staff recognise the importance of reading books, singing songs and chanting rhymes to promote children's communication and language skills to the highest level.Older children keenly identify letters and sounds, and enjoy sharing books. Staff provide children with high-quality opportunities to write for a purpose.
Children have developed excellent pencil control, and delight in attempts to write their name. Younger children make a range of marks, and begin to notice these marks carry meaning. As a result, children's literacy skills develop exceptionally well.
All children are extremely enthusiastic and have a positive attitude to learning.Children benefit greatly from time spent outdoors. They develop high levels of curiosity, imagination and concentration.
Children are emotionally secure, behave remarkably well and are respectful of each other and people in the community. They keenly share resources. Children benefit from excellent opportunities to take part in gardening, and learn about a range of plants, such as herbs, vegetables and fruits.
They develop a sound understanding about seeds, and know how the weather helps them to grow.All children are independent and confident. They join in sports activities and exercise, which supports their excellent coordination and balance.
Babies cruise, crawl and toddle confidently. Older children skilfully climb and negotiate equipment. Children's physical development is supported extremely well.
The manager promotes an outstanding culture of continuous improvement. He monitors staff's performance and continuous improvement. The manager provides exceptional support to staff, organising training to enhance their skills and knowledge.
For example, he ensures staff have appropriate training to support children with specific needs. As a result, they are able to provide high-quality care and learning. The manager acts with integrity to promote staff's well-being.
The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.The manager and staff demonstrate excellent knowledge of their safeguarding responsibilities. They regularly attend safeguarding training to strengthen their knowledge even further.
Staff understand and respond to signs of possible abuse and neglect. The team understands its role to protect children from extreme views and beliefs. It has a shared understanding and commitment to keeping children safe.
The manager and staff have an expert knowledge of the processes to follow if they are concerned about a child's welfare. They understand the procedures to follow for allegations made against staff. Risk assessments are highly effective to promote children's safety.
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