Home From Home Day Nursery Ltd

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About Home From Home Day Nursery Ltd

Name Home From Home Day Nursery Ltd
Ofsted Inspections
Address 7 Westminster Drive, WESTCLIFF-ON-SEA, Essex, SS0 9SJ
Phase Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Full day care
Gender Mixed
Local Authority SouthendonSea
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this early years setting?

The provision is outstanding

Children are exceedingly happy and flourish at this intimate, homely nursery.

Babies are fabulously confident. They toddle happily to all staff to receive warm bear hugs. Babies smile in delight as staff rock them in their laps to their favourite nursery rhymes.

They beam with happiness in the full attention they receive from staff and are thriving. Children have opportunities in the day to all be together. For example, on World Book Day, children are absolutely thrilled to find staff dressed as ladybirds, dragons and pirates.

They excitedly show off their costumes during a morning exercise class. Littl...e caterpillars, tigers and butterflies join in with dancing and singing.Children relish the opportunities to play in the wonderful garden in all weathers.

They learn how soap mixture turns bubbly in the pouring rain. Children investigate the size of their footprints in the bubbles. Older children intensely concentrate on pouring water through funnels at the water wall.

They stretch and persevere in pouring jugs of water into the highest funnels. Children learn complicated mathematical concepts through their play. They feel tremendously safe and secure to try new things.

Children display impeccable behaviour and staff have very high expectations of them.

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

Children have fantastic opportunities to develop skills in a wide range of areas. For example, older children attend woodwork classes and use screwdrivers, saws and hammers to make their own creations.

They proudly show off their 'helicopters' and 'trains' that they have made from wood and corks. Staff expertly extend children's knowledge as they explore stimulating activities and resources in their rooms. For instance, children learn about where giraffes live and how they eat.

They carefully study books and toy giraffes. Staff skilfully question children and they discover for themselves how their long necks help them to find food.The highly experienced managers lead the team of staff with warmth and compassion.

They have an incredibly professional approach. Managers commit to their 'family rooms' approach. They provide staff with brilliant professional development opportunities.

Talented staff explore their passions in teaching. Managers give them the freedom to expertly add new ideas and strategies to enhance practice. New staff have excellent mentoring systems in place to guide and support them.

Children have superb opportunities to develop their early love of reading. Older children industriously create their own books. They carefully think about the beginnings and outcomes of their stories.

Children's imaginations run wild as staff help them to think of exciting plots. Younger children listen to stories on staff's laps. They listen intently, answering questions that build on their knowledge and keep them captivated.

Children develop an extensive bank of words in their language development.Partnerships with parents are exceptional. Parents emotionally comment that 'staff are amazing and show genuine care' to their children.

They are extremely happy with the communication they receive. Parents comment that it is 'of the highest standard'. They are thrilled with the gentle and gradual settling-in strategies.

These help children to settle extremely well. Parents are delighted with how staff embrace children's individual personalities. They say their children are 'blossoming'.

Children have fabulous bonds with staff who know them very well. They are gaining the skills they need to be highly independent. Children learn about democracy as they vote for which book they read at snack time.

They happily accept that they may not get their choice. Babies are able to clearly communicate their needs. For example, they motion to take their socks off so that they can feel sand between their toes in the tough tray.

Babies laugh with delight as they explore different textures with their friends.Staff provide children with splendid opportunities to explore their local community. They take trips to the seaside, the library and nearby local parks and shops.

Children with special educational needs and/or disabilities are remarkably well supported. Staff commit to help all children make outstanding progress.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Managers and staff have an excellent understanding of safeguarding issues. They are knowledgeable about the specific issues that may affect children and families in their local area. Staff know how to take prompt and effective action should they have any concerns about children's welfare.

They know the exact procedures for reporting allegations and how to escalate concerns to professionals outside the nursery, if necessary. Staff have exceptional knowledge of the signs that indicate a child may be at risk of harm. Managers conduct safer recruitment procedures and are vigilant in checking staff remain suitable in their roles.