Clifton Playgroup Limited

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About Clifton Playgroup Limited

Name Clifton Playgroup Limited
Ofsted Inspections
Address Clifton upon Dunsmore C of E Primary School, Station Road, Clifton upon Dunsmore, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV23 0BT
Phase Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Full day care
Gender Mixed
Local Authority Warwickshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this early years setting?

The provision is outstanding

Children thrive in this wonderful, warm and nurturing environment.

The manager is inspirational. Her enthusiasm transmits to both the staff team and children. Staff dedicate themselves to deliver the best possible start for children.

Children come into the setting excited and eager to learn. Children's behaviour is excellent because staff set high expectations. They are very independent in their surroundings and have an excellent knowledge of the daily routine.

For example, children enter the playgroup and are confident to go and wash their hands before they play. Relationships between staff and childre...n are exceptional. Staff are very attentive and interested in supporting each child's well-being.

Children move around the learning areas and make choices about what they would like to play with. For example, they complete puzzles in cooperation with their friends or they select a book and talk about the content together. The discovery area is continually explored by the children.

They use handling skills in different ways as they play. For example, they undo screw lids on different-sized containers. They pull ribbon out of bags and use vocabulary such as 'stretch' and 'pull'.

Children seek solutions during their play. For example, when playing in a small sheltered area, they use blocks and tree logs to build a den. They discuss how many logs and blocks they are going to need to make it secure.

Children's pretend play is incredibly imaginative. They discuss keeping the water out of their pretend home. They problem-solve and discuss whether to stack blocks or lay them across the opening of the den so the water cannot get in.

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

All children make exceptional progress across the seven areas of learning. The curriculum is ambitious and it extends children's knowledge and skills. It offers challenges and stimulates children to learn through play and exploration.

The quality of teaching is exemplary. Staff have the necessary skills to engage children in conversation when it is appropriate.The manager and staff are passionate about the playgroup and its role in the centre of the community.

They have very strong links with the village school. Children gain an excellent understanding of their community. This includes walks in the village to look at the church and shops.

The playgroup also has visits from professionals such as the fire service. Children learn about the wider world as they focus on other cultures, celebrations and special days.Children are superb communicators.

Staff model clear pronunciation and constantly introduce new vocabulary. Staff interactions with children are of the highest quality. They skilfully question children in their play, supporting their learning.

Staff provide significant support for children who speak English as an additional language. They gather the relevant information from parents when children start. They collect key words in the child's home language and use them in the playgroup to support learning.

As a result, children make rapid progress in their learning.Children's handling and small-muscle skills are excellent. They handle an array of mark-making equipment and one-handed tools, such as staplers and hole punchers, with ease.

When they dress up, they confidently help each other with the fasteners on clothes. They practise large-muscle skills as they play on bicycles and tricycles. They negotiate space and change direction.

The manager recognises the importance of physical activity. A physical instructor visits the playgroup to provide physical exercise. This supports the well-being of both staff and children.

Children display a deep understanding of feelings and emotions. The staff use puppets with the children to help them manage their feelings. Staff ask children to show them their 'happy faces'.

Staff encourage a can-do attitude so that children develop confidence. Children concentrate and persevere with tasks. They learn to take turns.

For example, when playing on their tricycles in the outdoor area, they pretend to queue for the 'petrol station' and wait patiently until it is their turn. They also learn the importance of helping each other as they tidy away after their play.Children show a deep understanding of mathematical concepts.

They learn to count and talk about shapes. For example, they paint fire engines and describe their wheels as circles and the engine as a 'big rectangle'. They use tape measures as they compare the size of blocks and logs to decide how many they need to make a den.

They count confidently when singing number rhymes. When children walk to the shops, they recall the route and the order of things they see on the way.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

The premises are very safe and secure. Children are protected from harm because the staff team have an excellent understanding of the different signs of abuse. They receive comprehensive training and have a detailed understanding of the wider areas of safeguarding.

They are aware of the local safeguarding procedures to follow. The recruitment process is robust and thorough. The ongoing suitability of staff is checked through the highly effective supervision process.

This ensures that all staff are suitable to work with children. The staff team put in place thorough health and safety practices. The standards of hygiene are consistently high.

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