Little Oaks Community Nursery

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About Little Oaks Community Nursery

Name Little Oaks Community Nursery
Ofsted Inspections
Address Wavendon Community Centre, Walton Road, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK17 8LH
Phase Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Sessional day care
Gender Mixed
Local Authority MiltonKeynes
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this early years setting?

The provision is good

Children start their day with big smiles. Staff greet them happily and they eagerly settle to their play. Children enjoy a broad range of exciting learning opportunities that staff plan for them.

All children, including those with special educational needs and those who speak English as an additional language, make good progress from their starting points. Children demonstrate high levels of involvement in their self-chosen play. For example, younger children play in the sand.

They concentrate intently as they use tools to scoop and carefully fill containers. They develop their hand muscles, rolling, squeezing and moul...ding play dough into different shapes. Older children select items and place them in wheelbarrows, which they competently steer around avoiding obstacles.

Children learn to manage their own safety effectively. For example, they make decisions about the best place to put their hands and feet, as they travel up the climbing wall. Children learn about road safety.

For instance, during their imaginary play, they learn about the colours of traffic lights and how to cross the road. Children are fully involved in nursery developments. They share their thoughts and ideas about how to create new and exciting areas to play and learn.

For example, they share their ideas for developing the new greenhouse and planting area.

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

Staff get to know their key children very well from the outset. They gather information about children's unique prior experiences.

This helps them to plan children's next steps in learning effectively. Children benefit from a wide range of opportunities to learn life skills. They demonstrate this as they prepare the allotment, digging, weeding and then planting their crops.

Children use the produce they grow in their activities, for example when they make and eat lettuce sandwiches.Managers ensure that their provision is inclusive. They recognise that the nursery population is becoming more diverse.

They organise training for staff to help them support bilingual children and those who speak English as an additional language. Staff use their knowledge to provide focused group times, including activities, such as singing and story times. These give children high-quality interactions and help to develop their language well.

Parents report that they are well supported by staff. For instance, staff have organised children's settling in flexibly during COVID-19. This has helped to reduce concerns when children have not been left in the care of others before.

Parents benefit from regular opportunities to meet with their child's key person.They say that they receive information each term about the progress their children make.Managers have a positive attitude to continual improvement.

For example, they have implemented action plans as they have expanded and now use different areas of the building for childcare. They seek the views of staff, children and parents to help them make plans to improve further. Parents have recently provided positive feedback on COVID-friendly opportunities that staff organised for them to meet other parents and families.

Staff feel that managers value and support them. They enjoy the range of training they complete and comment positively on the systems to support them, such as mentoring. Staff report that managers have high regard for their well-being and they feel that they have a good work-life balance.

Managers adapt routines to minimise risks relating to COVID-19. However, they do not fully recognise times when staff could be deployed more effectively to make the most of opportunities to promote children's independence, listening and attention skills.Overall, staff support individual children's behaviour well.

For example, they use resources such as characters, colours and stories to help children learn to recognise their feelings and emotions. This helps children to learn to cope more effectively with situations that they find tricky. However, on occasions, such as during large-group times, staff are not fully effective in helping children understand what is expected of them and why.

This impacts on the success of these times.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.Managers have robust procedures to ensure that children are safe on the premises.

For example, risk assessments are regularly reviewed and staff check aspects of the building routinely each day. All staff have a secure understanding of how to protect children's welfare. They are familiar with the signs and symptoms of abuse and of wider safeguarding issues.

Staff know what to do if they have a concern about children or about staff practice. Safer recruitment procedures that managers follow are effective and help to ensure that staff are suitable to work with children.

What does the setting need to do to improve?

To further improve the quality of the early years provision, the provider should: review deployment of staff at routine times to help promote children's developing independence, listening and attention skills more effectively build on strategies already used to help children gain a secure understanding of what is expected of them and why.

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