Broadgate Nursery

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About Broadgate Nursery

Name Broadgate Nursery
Ofsted Inspections
Address 21 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3LW
Phase Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Full day care
Gender Mixed
Local Authority Hackney
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this early years setting?

The provision is outstanding

Children settle extremely well and they demonstrate extremely high levels of independence and confidence. Children share their ideas for activities and their work is displayed throughout the nursery. For example, children use technology and junk materials to create landmarks familiar to them, including London underground train lines, the London Eye and the Big Ben clock.

Children confidently explore and investigate using different sensory and natural resources. For example, they explore with seashells, herbs, pine cones and coconut shells. Children demonstrate excellent communication skills as they take part in meaningfu...l discussions with staff and other children.

They make use of a wide range of opportunities to practise writing their names. Children develop their physical skills very well. For instance, they confidently do different small and large movements with their body, showing an awareness of safety and learning to negotiate their space.

Babies are active and they are fully engaged during their play. For example, babies happily and effectively explore with gloop using their hands and a range of materials. Staff make excellent use of babies' play to support their communication and physical skills and their personal, social and emotional development.

Staff have extremely high expectations for children's behaviour. They provide excellent opportunities to support their mental health, their resilience and to encourage positive behaviour. Children behave exceptionally well and they show respect for others.

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

The manager and staff create a safe, vibrant and stimulating environment for children to play and develop their skills. Children enjoy rich and varied opportunities at the nursery, including extra-curricular activities such as piano lessons, French, Spanish, yoga, dance and drama. Staff support them to develop their independence and self-care skills from a young age.

They also create a calm and relaxing sleeping area for children when they need it.Staff make excellent use of story time to encourage children to recall and share their past experiences, and to think and respond to questions relating to the story. Staff skilfully encourage discussions and they gently redirect children's focus to the story when they need to continue reading.

Children and staff demonstrate excellent speaking and listening skills. Staff are good role models for the children.Children are extremely keen to learn about their feelings.

For instance, they love listening to stories about emotions; they know the characters in the book and look forward to holding the props that staff provide. Children are eager to share their own feelings and positive actions. This supports effectively children's growing understanding of how to treat others and to know the expectations of them, including the way they should behave.

Children demonstrate high levels of attention and competence while exploring and experimenting with a wide range of resources. For example, during a science activity, they learned to mix different items and to compare the results. Children learned that pouring a small amount of oil in a bowl of water created tiny bubbles, whereas pouring a lot of oil in the same amount of water created large bubbles.

Children added other items, such as vinegar, paint and jelly, to their mixture and they confidently talked about the changes and scents. Children demonstrated excellent memory and understanding as they recalled and recorded the process of the science activity from start to finish. Children showed great excitement as they proudly listened to their recording on an electronic device.

Staff consistently challenge toddlers during their play to extend their development. For instance, toddlers were learning how to measure the length of a dinosaur and they learned to recognise numbers on the tape measure. They learn to express themselves and use their imagination exceptionally well.

Home activities are used extremely well to strengthen children's development. Staff inform parents of children's next steps and how to continue their learning at home. Staff and parents work together to create an environment for children that fosters a love of learning.

They make use of opportunities in everyday experiences to support children's development.The manager's self-evaluation of the nursery is thorough and includes the development of children's resilience, health and emotional well-being. She continually provides purposeful new opportunities to challenge and strengthen children's learning.

The manager empowers staff through regular coaching, training and supervision meetings. This helps to maintain the extremely high quality of the curriculum, teaching and learning throughout the nursery.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

The manager ensures that staff and parents are aware of the nursery's safeguarding policies and procedures. Staff have an excellent understanding of the risks to children and how to report any concerns and allegations. The manager ensures that staff are familiar with the procedures for lockdown in the event of a terrorism threat.

Staff are aware of children's allergies and dietary requirements. Staff consistently supervise children and they teach them how to keep safe. The manager works closely with the human resources team to ensure that they recruit staff who are suitable, qualified and experienced to work with children.

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