|Name||Happy Days Day Nursery|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||03 January 2020|
|Address||204 Wythenshawe Road, Manchester, M23 0PH|
|Type||Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Full day care|
|Catchment Area Information Available||No|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
What is it like to attend this early years setting?
The provision is good
Children enjoy their time at the nursery. They are cared for by staff who are attentive to their needs and offer good levels of support. All staff are qualified and do their utmost to ensure that children feel safe and valued. For example, babies have formed strong attachments to their key person. The baby room is warm, welcoming and organised effectively to meet babies’ individual needs. They explore using their senses and babble happily, which demonstrates they are settled and contented. Staff have high expectations for children. This is particularly evident for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Staff are well trained and adapt activities so that children receive the right level of support. They also work closely with outside agencies and parents. This support helps children achieve their full potential. Leaders and managers have worked hard to ensure that children are provided with a well-designed curriculum. Their current focus is supporting children’s independence. This works reasonably well in practice. For example, pre-school children are developing good levels of competence with their self-care skills. They enjoy the responsibility of carrying out simple tasks, such as fitting the train track together and selecting their favourite books. Although literacy is promoted well in the nursery, less emphasis is placed on extending children’s love of reading at home. Children demonstrate good levels of confidence in their communication and language skills. However, staff occasionally pronounce words incorrectly, which does not help children’s widening vocabulary. Overall, children are well behaved and have a positive attitude to learning.
What does the early years setting do well and what does it need to do better?
nA key strength of the nursery is how well children settle and gain confidence. Staff work together as a team and build excellent relationships with all children, including those who are just settling into the nursery. As a result, children are extremely happy and form special relationships with their peers and staff.nStaff have a precise overview of children’s capabilities. They observe children regularly and use this information to plan activities that help children to develop important skills. For example, children who are struggling to hold a pencil are provided with lots of activities to strengthen their finger muscles. These activities are readily available so that children can practise and consolidate what they have learned. These activities work well to develop children’s early writing skills in preparation for their next stage of learning.nAll children, including babies and toddlers, have access to books. This helps them to develop an interest in reading from a young age. For example, pre-school children talk about characters from their favourite stories, such as ’The Three Little Pigs’. Although managers have introduced a book library so that children can take books home to share with their parents, this has not been successful. Managers have not identified that some of the books are too advanced for young children. As a result, the take-up has been low and opportunities to extend children’s love of reading at home are limited.nChildren who speak English as additional language achieve well. Staff work closely with parents, for example, by learning key words in their home language. They sing lots of songs and introduce children to English words and phrases. As a result, children learn English quickly and become fluent communicators. Staff ensure that communication and language are given high priority. They screen all children’s speech and language when they start at the nursery. Consequently, they can easily identify children who may need additional support. However, staff occasionally mispronounce words. This means that children are likely to repeat and pronounce words incorrectly.nParents appreciate the friendly staff team and the support their children receive. They are kept up to date with their children’s progress and particularly enjoy parents’ evenings. Parents also receive regular newsletters, which keep them up to date with all aspects of the nursery. Although partnership working with parents is strong, extending children’s learning to home is less well developed.nStaff are enthusiastic in their approach and morale is high. They are ably supported by the leadership and management team. Staff confirm they have an acceptable workload. For example, they are given time to write up their observations of children. Staff training is given high priority. Some staff are undertaking higher qualifications, which demonstrates their commitment to their role. The special educational needs coordinator has also achieved a ’SEND award’, which has proved extremely beneficial for children with SEND.nAll children, including babies, benefit from outdoor activities which promote their good health. The outdoor area is currently being developed to provide greater learning opportunities for children. However, staff use the local area well to provide additional outdoor activities. They take children to Wythenshawe Park and they have recently started taking children to the library. These experiences help children to learn about their immediate environment.
The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.All staff ensure that safeguarding is a high priority. All areas of the nursery are safe and secure. Staff access regular child protection training and managers provide seven-minute briefings. These briefings ensure that staff are aware of specific child protection concerns, such as the ’toxic trio’ and e-safety. Safeguarding records, including Disclosure and Barring Service checks for all staff, are well maintained and up to date. Recruitment procedures are rigorous and include detailed checks which provide further assurance that staff working with children are suitable.
What does the setting need to do to improve?
To further improve the quality of the early years provision, the provider should:nstrengthen partnerships with parents by focusing more sharply on strategies to extend children’s learning and love of reading at homenensure staff pronounce words correctly to help children further develop their language and speaking skills.