Bright Horizons Oxford Waterways Day Nursery and Preschool

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About Bright Horizons Oxford Waterways Day Nursery and Preschool


Name Bright Horizons Oxford Waterways Day Nursery and Preschool
Inspections
Ofsted Inspections
Address 45 Clear Water Place, Oxford, OX2 7NL
Phase Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Full day care
Gender Mixed
Local Authority Oxfordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this early years setting?

The provision is good

Children are happy and settled at the nursery.

Staff greet the children and their families with a warm welcome on their arrival. The premises are safe and suitable, and provide a clean and homely environment for the children to play. Leaders work hard with staff to create an ambitious curriculum for all children.

This is based on what staff know about the children and what they want them to learn next. For example, staff comfort new children who are settling in, which helps them to build trusting relationships. Older children learn about the food they eat and where it comes from.

They plant potatoes in the gar...den and draw a step-by-step guide to take home and share with their parents. Children explore using their senses as they play with sand, experiment with paint, and manipulate dough. Staff regularly introduce new language and resources to extend and build on children's previous learning.

For example, when playing in the soil, staff teach children the names of the insects they see, such as 'millipede' and 'worm'. Children are kind and considerate to one another. Staff are good role models and maintain a positive and respectful culture.

They have high expectations for children's behaviour and gently remind them of the 'golden rules' during play, such as using their 'walking feet' inside.

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

Leaders are committed to the continuous improvement of the nursery and have an accurate view of their strengths and areas of focus. They have initiated many helpful measures to support the staff team.

For example, staff well-being is given a high priority. Leaders support staff well and provide good opportunities for training. Managers work alongside staff and model practice effectively.

The nursery is well maintained and offers a variety of spaces for children to play. Staff provide a range of outdoor activities for all children to build on their physical skills. For example, older children negotiate space on wheeled toys and younger children challenge themselves as they practise skills such as balancing on beams.

Staff plan and provide an interesting curriculum for the children to enjoy. The activities provided link to children's interests and support the next stage in their learning. Staff know their key children well.

However, on occasions, less support is provided to build on children's confidence in exploring the range of activities available.Overall, staff promote children's communication and language skills. For example, they ask questions to encourage children to talk about what they are doing during their play.

However, on occasions, the noise levels in the room for the younger children reduce their ability to listen to what is being said to them, and for staff to hear children. Despite this, staff support children's interest in books and songs effectively. They encourage children to sing rhymes and regularly read stories throughout the day.

Children behave well. They are helpful and treat each other with respect. Staff encourage children to learn how to regulate their behaviour, and offer positive strategies to support them in doing this.

As a result, children make good choices. Staff help children to gain a good understanding of personal hygiene and healthy lifestyle choices. The menus provided are balanced and nutritious, with a range of fresh fruit and vegetables, and children know to wash their hands before eating food.

Parents comment that they are happy with all aspects of the nursery. They confirm that communication is effective, including the daily updates received through the online app, which promote continuity of care. Parents like going into the nursery to drop off and collect their child as they get to speak to the key staff who have cared for their child throughout the day.

Leaders maintain effective arrangements to ensure children's safety. For example, appropriate recruitment checks are maintained. Suitable risk assessments are in place to ensure that the nursery and staff practices are safe.

For example, staff ensure that their mobile telephones are not used in the areas where there are children. Staff confirm that they receive good levels of support to promote their well-being. Agency workers explain that their induction is effective in helping them to fulfil their roles and responsibilities.

Safeguarding

The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.There is an open and positive culture around safeguarding that puts children's interests first.

What does the setting need to do to improve?

To further improve the quality of the early years provision, the provider should: nencourage children's confidence to help them to move around and make decisions in their play nimprove the environmental factors to fully promote and support children's communication and language skills.


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