Hillside Childcare - Altofts

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About Hillside Childcare - Altofts

Name Hillside Childcare - Altofts
Ofsted Inspections
Address Oap Hut Behind The Working Mens Club, Church Road, Altofts, Normanton, West Yorkshire, WF6 2QS
Phase Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Full day care
Gender Mixed
Local Authority Wakefield
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this early years setting?

The provision is good

Staff want the best for every child in nursery and their expectations are high. Their good teaching, overall, helps children to make progress in all areas of learning. Children choose their activities and they happily lead their own learning.

Staff support this well, for example, by playing alongside children, talking to them and modelling new skills. Pre-school children use numbers and count while making potions. Toddlers develop increasing confidence in their physical skills.

They learn to balance when they climb up and over equipment outdoors. Babies giggle and smile while enthusiastic staff sing and dance with them....Parents say they were reassured by staff's measures to keep children safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

They praise their excellent communication and efforts to settle children back into nursery after absence. This helped to ensure there was minimal impact from the pandemic on children's learning and development. Children's behaviour is good.

They benefit from plenty of praise that helps to build their self-esteem. For example, one child smiles with pride when staff tell them they are a 'super singer'. Children show that they feel safe and secure in nursery.

For instance, they climb on to the lap of familiar staff for a hug and reassurance.

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

Teaching is closely focused on children's interests. Staff know what motivates children and they use this knowledge to plan for their future learning.

Children are keen to learn and join in a wide range of appealing activities that promote their overall development well.Staff know their key children well and, generally, focus their teaching on what children need to learn next. This is particularly effective during children's self-chosen activities.

Occasionally, however, during some adult-led activities, staff's teaching does not fully take account of the learning needs and abilities of the children taking part. Staff do not always ensure that children have the prior skills and knowledge needed to understand some activities and to succeed in their learning.Overall, staff support children's communication skills well.

They introduce new words to children through conversations, stories and songs. That said, this is sometimes less effective due to background noise in the rooms. Children's dummies are offered only at times when they need comfort.

However, occasionally, staff do not support children to take them out quickly after they have become settled to encourage children to speak even more.Staff morale is high and they are enthusiastic and happy in their roles. Managers support them well.

They have a clear understanding of the strengths in the team and evaluate staff's teaching regularly. There are clear arrangements in place to enhance and embed the new curriculum, which are supported by plans for further professional development.Children form bonds with key members of staff.

This helps to support children's emotional well-being and is particularly effective when new children start at nursery. Staff establish strong partnerships with parents from the outset. Children settle into nursery quickly.

Staff value children's individuality and weave their life experiences into plans for learning. Children learn about words, flags and food from different countries that children originate from. This helps children to understand and respect the differences between themselves and others.

Staff share detailed information with parents. They provide resources to take home that encourage parents to extend children's learning at home. Parents are extremely pleased with their children's care and learning experiences.

They describe staff as a 'wonderful caring team who put the children's interests first'.Partnerships with other professionals are well established. This is particularly effective for children who have special educational needs and/or disabilities.

Staff quickly identify those children who may need extra support with their learning. They share information with parents and other agencies and share plans to meet children's needs. This helps to ensure that all children make the progress that they are capable of.

Staff encourage children's independence. Younger children learn to put on their coats for outdoor play. Older children understand why they must keep their hands clean and do so with minimal help.

They serve their own food and drinks during mealtimes. This helps them to be prepared for managing their own needs when they move on to school.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Procedures to keep children safe are comprehensive and very well understood by all staff. Staff have a clear understanding about different kinds of abuse and how to identify children who may be at risk from harm. Managers ensure that staff have up-to-date knowledge about safeguarding.

For example, they attend training courses and share information during staff meetings. There are clear procedures for recording accidents, incidents and concerns. This helps to ensure that any concerns about a child's welfare are identified and acted upon quickly.

The premises are secure. Daily risk assessments help to ensure that children are kept safe while in nursery.

What does the setting need to do to improve?

To further improve the quality of the early years provision, the provider should: focus more precisely on the skills and knowledge children need to learn next during group activities, to build on what they already know and can do nextend the opportunities children have to hear and use new words clearly.

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