Little Gems Pre-School (West End)

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About Little Gems Pre-School (West End)

Name Little Gems Pre-School (West End)
Ofsted Inspections
Address Moorgreen Youth Club, Moorgreen Road, Southampton, SO30 3EG
Phase Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Full day care
Gender Mixed
Local Authority Hampshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this early years setting?

The provision is good

Children confidently separate from their parents and carers at the door and enter the pre-school.

They know where to store their belongings and then eagerly run in to explore the activities that staff provide. Children make independent choices about where to play and what to play with. They clearly enjoy exploring the outdoor learning environment, laughing with their friends as they play.

Children demonstrate they feel safe and secure with the staff, approaching them for help and comfort when needed. Warm and attentive staff support children's emotional well-being effectively.Children benefit from staff who know them w...ell.

Staff use children's interests to plan exciting activities that motivate children to play and learn. For instance, children enthusiastically play in the vet role play area, learning about the different equipment that vets use. They learn new words, take turns and share resources as they play, building important skills for the future.

Newer children settle in swiftly and are soon investigating the stimulating and inviting activities and resources. Older children are caring and are encouraged to be extra smiley with newer and younger children. This helps children to feel included and welcomed.

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

The manager and the provider are reflective and forward-thinking, with clear aims for children at the pre-school. They have devised their own meaningful curriculum goals to teach children. They help children to build up a range of skills effectively.

These will support them to move on to the next stage in their education.Children benefit from staff who have a clear understanding of the curriculum goals and how to achieve these from small steps. Staff build on what children can do, such as extending their learning through play.

They know when to step in and help close any gaps children have in their learning. Staff have high expectations for what children can achieve.Staff place high value on developing children's communication skills.

They plan specialised language groups that are engaging and help build on children's focus and attention. Children listen carefully to instructions and wait with anticipation for their turn to pop bubbles. They are motivated to join in.

Staff introduce children to new words as they construct buildings and explore spaghetti 'worms.' Children benefit from hearing a wide vocabulary and having opportunities to question and talk to each other and staff. They are developing confidence in their communication skills.

Children's physical development is actively encouraged. Children climb the slide, for instance, strengthening their shoulder muscles as they pull themselves up. They energetically ride bikes, balance, run and jump.

They use tweezers to catch objects and transfer them, developing their finer muscle control. Staff encourage children to develop good habits, such as handwashing before eating. Children are learning about healthy and active lifestyles.

Children generally have a long uninterrupted time to get deeply engaged in their learning. However, occasionally, staff disrupt their learning through daily routines. For instance, children settle in to play and explore and are then asked to gather together for 'welcome time'.

Staff do not consistently help children to engage in their learning to the highest levels.Staff generally have a good understanding of how to support children's learning. At times, though, they do not tailor support to children's individual needs.

For example, staff do not recognise when children struggle with measuring using bigger numbers, or when using scissors. Staff do not consistently consider more meaningful ways to support children's individual learning needs.Parents report very favourably about the care and education their children receive from staff.

They comment that the staff are 'brilliant' at supporting them and their children.Staff benefit from a manager who knows how they learn best. She helps them gain the most from training, for instance, by recognising their learning styles.

Staff comment on the positive impact that training has on their daily practice in supporting children's learning.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.The provider follows a robust recruitment and induction process to ensure staff are suitable to work with children.

Safeguarding is securely embedded as a priority focus in the pre-school. The provider and the manager ensure all staff have a secure understanding of their roles and responsibilities to keep children safe. Staff attend regular training, for example, to support and refresh their knowledge.

They understand and know how to identify the indicators of possible abuse. Staff know the reporting procedures to follow for any concerns they have about children's welfare or other members of staff.

What does the setting need to do to improve?

To further improve the quality of the early years provision, the provider should: review and revise daily routines to minimise disrupting children's learning support staff to extend children's learning even further by tailoring activities even more precisely, to meet all children's individual learning needs.

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