|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Inadequate|
|Inspection Date||15 January 2020|
|Address||154 Colyers Lane, Erith, Bexley, DA8 3PS|
|Type||Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises|
|Catchment Area Information Available||No|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
What is it like to attend this early years setting?
The provision is inadequate
Children’s safety and welfare are not supported well enough at this setting. This is because the provider and managers do not identify and remove potential hazards to children. For example, staff place cushions around young children’s heads while sleeping in cots and fail to identify how this could have an impact on children’s safety. Children do not have the best opportunity to learn and make progress to their full potential. Support for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities is weak. Staff do not provide a well-planned curriculum and fail to adapt activities to meet children’s individual needs to help them thrive in their development. The quality of teaching is weak and, due to the weakness in planning, activities lack purpose and challenge. As a result, children lose interest and become bored. This has a negative impact on children’s experiences in the nursery. That said, children learn to be independent. For example, they learn to put on their shoes. Children gain the basic key skills they need for their future learning, for example they use a knife and fork at mealtimes, learn good manners and engage in discussion with each other.
What does the early years setting do well and what does it need to do better?
nChildren’s health and welfare are significantly compromised. The provider and staff do not assess risks effectively. Children are placed at risk because hazards are not identified and minimised. For example, younger children are not free from obstruction while sleeping and a hot water thermos flask was within reaching distance for young children. Furthermore, staff do not encourage handwashing at appropriate times to prevent risk of infection.nThe deployment of staff is not effective. The provider ensures the staff-to-child ratios are maintained. However, staff do not provide high-quality interactions and children become bored, restless and disengaged. The weak interactions from the staff have an impact on children’s motivation to learning.nStaff do not provide children with good-quality experiences, targeted at promoting children’s next steps in their learning across all areas. Consequently, children do not make good progress in relation to their capabilities.nParents report they are satisfied with the care provided and regularly communicate with staff. However, parents are not always provided with information about their children’s next steps.nThe provider has not monitored the educational programmes effectively to implement a meaningful curriculum. The arrangements for staff supervision have not been successful. The provider spends time in the nursery room modelling practice and provides targeted support at team meetings. However, this has not yet been effective in improving the quality of teaching.nThe provider does not ensure that all staff manage children’s behaviour consistently. For example, some staff do not encourage children to walk indoorsand therefore children are unsure of the expectations for positive behaviour.nStaff engage in conversation with children at mealtimes, which helps to support children’s communication and language skills. However, staff do not provide opportunities for children who speak English as an additional language to hear and see their home language within their play.
The arrangements for safeguarding are not effective.Breaches to the safeguarding and welfare requirements compromise children’s safety and welfare. During the inspection, the inspector identified risks to children’s safety while sleeping that staff did not identify or address. The safeguarding lead and some staff do not have a clear understanding of procedures to follow in the event of an allegation being made against a member of staff. Nevertheless, all staff have received safeguarding training and they have a suitable understanding of what to do if they have a concern about a child’s welfare. The provider follows safe recruitment processes to ensure staff are suitable and remain suitable to work with children.
What does the setting need to do to improve?
The provision is inadequate and Ofsted intends to take enforcement action.
We will issue a Welfare Requirements Notice requiring the provider to:Due dateensure that the designated safeguarding lead fully understands their role and is able to provide support and guidance to staff, and implement appropriate procedures in the event of an allegation against staff19/02/2020ensure all staff gain a secure understanding of risks and how to minimise hazards to keep children safe, in particular while younger children are sleeping19/02/2020improve behaviour management strategies and provide children with clear messages about expectations, so they understand why rules are in place19/02/2020ensure staff support children’s health and well-being, particularly with regard to hygiene routines in the baby room19/02/2020improve the deployment of staff to ensure children’s individual needs are met at all times19/02/2020keep a written record of any complaint and its outcome19/02/2020improve the arrangements for staff supervision to address the weaknesses in the quality of teaching.19/02/2020To meet the requirements of the early years foundation stage, the provider must:Due dateimprove the quality of teaching and plan a challenging and thought-provoking curriculum that supports children’s engagement and helps them to make the best possible progress19/02/2020ensure staff gain a good understanding of children’s individual needs from the very start.19/02/2020