Horfield Welly Pre-school

Name Horfield Welly Pre-school
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 26 September 2019
Address Parish Church Hall, Wellington Hill, Horfield, Bristol, BS7 8ST
Phone Number 078371 33925
Type Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Sessional day care
Gender Mixed
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

What is it like to attend this early years setting?

The provision is outstanding

Managers and staff are extremely skilled and dedicated. They provide a wealth of rich and varied learning experiences for all children. Staff have high expectations of what children can do. They meticulously plan a highly effective educational programme. Staff take into account children’s interests and continually build on what they already know to help children, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), make the best possible progress. The exceptionally enthusiastic staff deliver important and valuable learning experiences to children through engaging and skilful interactions. As a result of the high-quality teaching, children remember and consolidate what they have learned in their play and show that they are confident learners. For example, children make comments such as ’this is a fireman, he puts out fire, my teacher told me and I’m clever’. Children are warmly welcomed at the setting. They settle in very quickly and strong, secure bonds are very noticeable between staff and children. This is attributable to the dynamic ways staff support children and families when they start pre-school. As a result, children flourish. They are very happy, eager to play and ready to learn within this exceptionally supportive learning environment. Staff build strong partnerships with parents. This enables parents to remain actively involved in their child’s learning and development. For example, parents are invited to attend workshops that are led by trained staff. They provide advice on subjects including toilet training and internet safety. Parents speak consistently highly of the pre-school and have utmost praise for the care and attention staff give their children and for the support they receive themselves.

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

nManagers closely monitor staff performance to maintain very high standards. They rigorously observe teaching and have individual meetings with staff to discuss their practice and teaching. This high-quality reflection results in positive outcomes for all children. For example, staff are deployed on training courses to help them support aspects of children’s learning and development. As a result, children, including those with SEND, make rapid progress from their starting points.nStaff’s superb interactions with children are extremely inspiring and engaging. The skilfully animated approach to teaching captures the full attention of children. Staff use their expert knowledge of the children to seize opportunities for learning in the moment, as well as to plan activities to support and embed learning further.nChildren eagerly access a wealth of highly stimulating resources and activities. Staff skilfully present these in innovative ways which enhance children’s awe and wonder and also facilitate opportunities to build on their vocabulary and development in literacy. For example, children grow herbs in the garden andthen delight in exploring them by adding water so that they can experiment with making ’potions’. Children make marks in a tray of flour and use sticks in paint to create pictures, which supports the development of early writing skills.nChildren’s behaviour is impeccable. They understand the pre-school rules which are fully embedded in daily practice. Children cooperate well with each other and show an understanding of the need to have ’kind hands’.nHighly intuitive staff know when to support children and know when to leave children to do things for themselves. For example, staff support children to use the sticky tape dispenser and offer verbal guidance such as ’ok, you can do it, hold it there, and pull’. Staff encourage children to persevere, solve problems and gain new skills through talking difficulties through with them.nChildren are confident, self-assured learners. Children new to the pre-school settle quickly. A highly comprehensive welcome process for parents and children, combined with continuing support, contributes to very smooth settling-in. For example, staff visit children in their homes before they start at pre-school and provide welcome meetings for parents where they can join voluntary groups to become involved in pre-school life.nStaff aspire to build on the already high-quality outdoor experiences to enrich children’s curiosity and creativity even further. For example, the forest school leader’s superb plans to redesign the area used for forest school ensure children can benefit even more from all the advantages that outdoor activity has to offer.nStaff actively teach children to understand that there are different communities beyond their own. Through age-appropriate and imaginative ways, staff teach children about equality and diversity. For example, the manager is using her experiences of teaching Spanish to educate children about traditional Spanish customs and language and to help them understand that there are cultures beyond their own. Staff use relevant stories in conjunction with creative activities to help children understand that people’s differences and similarities should be valued and respected.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.Managers and staff keep their safeguarding knowledge up to date. For instance, managers ensure staff attend regular training and they recap safeguarding procedures in staff meetings. Staff are vigilant in identifying the signs and symptoms a child may show if they are at risk of harm and are fully aware of the reporting procedures. They are also familiar with the whistle-blowing procedures and what to do in the event of an allegation. Staff are trained to recognise the signs that indicate a child may be at risk of radicalisation, along with the procedures to follow to seek advice and report concerns.