Dawn until Dusk Ltd at St James

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About Dawn until Dusk Ltd at St James

Name Dawn until Dusk Ltd at St James
Address St James Lower School, Main Road, Bedford, MK40 4BD
Phase Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises
Gender Mixed
Local Authority Bedford
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this early years setting?

This provision meets requirements Children enthusiastically enter the club and are curious to discover what activities they can join in during the session.

They spontaneously greet children from different year groups. They chat and play happily together throughout the session. Older children help their younger friends and act as positive role models.

Children choose if they would like to go outside or play in the well-equipped hall. When outside, children know which areas of the field or playground they can use. They ask the attentive staff if they can go to different areas, for example, to search for bugs or play football.

Inside, children laugh ...when they play a favourite game with staff. Other children make long chains from small elasticated bands. They compare the length to other bands linked together and proudly show staff what they have made.

Children know the simple club rules. When new children attend the club, or have not been for a while, staff make sure reminders are given during the short registration time. New children are supported by a chosen 'buddy' who helps them settle in the club.

This helps children feel welcome and secure.

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

The club is organised very well. The provider ensures that support given through area managers helps staff keep children safe.

Regular supervision and training sessions help staff develop their roles in providing varied activities and support for children. As a result, children thrive in the club.The managers regularly review the information they hold about the children they have on roll.

They check important information is kept up to date, such as records about allergies. This helps staff ensure that the food offered is suitable for each child's dietary requirements, helping to keep children well.Staff have a good relationship with parents and school staff.

Any messages that need to be made between school and home are effectively passed on. Teachers bring children to the club, enabling club staff to find out any information they need to know about concerning the children's days. Club staff work closely with the Reception class staff to help new children settle into the club and to find out what children have been learning about.

This helps staff provide activities and resources that reflect children's learning.Children enjoy nutritious snacks and light meals. They sit together, talking to staff and their friends, while they choose what they would like to eat.

Young children follow the positive social skills they see, helping to support their own personal development.Staff know children well. They ensure that the toys and resources they set out are popular with the children.

When children first join the club, staff make sure they put something out that the child has said they like or are interested in. This helps them settle and helps them feel valued.Children enjoy running in the fresh air.

This helps to promote healthy lifestyles and supports children's physical development.Children ask for popular events to happen again. They think about the day of the week to repeat this, helping to include other children in the event.

For example, children enjoyed a 'Bagel Bar' selection for tea and have asked the manager if they can have another one soon.Children behave well. When minor disputes take place, staff quickly calm the situation.

They talk to children about what has taken place, using visual reminders, such as yellow and red cards, to help children understand the consequence of their behaviour. As a result, a harmonious environment and respectful attitudes dominate the setting.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Staff know what and how to record and report any concerns they might have about children's well-being. The manager and leaders maintain a good relationship with school staff responsible for safeguarding children. This helps to ensure that children are kept safe.

Regular training helps to ensure that staff update and refresh their knowledge and understanding about safeguarding, including how to keep children safe online. The provider ensures that staff are suitable for their roles in which they are employed. This includes after a break in their employment has occurred.

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