Little Owls Nursery Two Willows

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About Little Owls Nursery Two Willows

Name Little Owls Nursery Two Willows
Ofsted Inspections
Address Cardinal Square, Beeston, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 8HS
Phase Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Full day care
Gender Mixed
Local Authority Leeds
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this early years setting?

The provision is outstanding

Children learn within an inspirational setting, which managers and staff have created using their significant knowledge and experience. Much thought goes into preparing the exceptional environment, with careful consideration of children's interests. Staff promote opportunities for children to be curious learners.

They help them develop an appreciation for themselves, each other and their natural world. For instance, children learn first hand about life cycles and where food comes from. They learn to look after plants and animals.

Children delight in collecting eggs from the chickens. They learn how to use these make food, such as boiled and poached eggs. Staff become enthusiastically involved in the children's play.

They skilfully challenge children to think and solve problems for themselves. For example, children wet the hard soil, so that they can dig and find worms and insects. Older children work together to build a bus that they all can sit inside.

All children, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), have exceptional opportunities to be independent and make choices. They decide what they want to do and where they wish to play. Children's behaviour is exemplary.

They are highly respectful of the setting's 'golden rules' and follow these consistently. Staff are excellent role models for children. They demonstrate respect for the environment and each other, and encourage children to do the same.

Staff teach children from a young age how to share and take turns. They use sand timers to help younger children develop their understanding of this.

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

Staff know the children exceptionally well and ensure their individual needs are prioritised.

Key persons provide highly flexible settling-in sessions and ensure consistency for babies. They maintain sensitive routines for babies, who thrive in their nurturing care. Babies are confident, curious and happy to explore the stimulating toys and resources.

For instance, babies love to climb in and out of cardboard boxes and enjoy finger painting.Children with SEND are supported to learn and develop. The management team and staff provide warm, calm and quiet areas as well as a sensory room.

This is in anticipation of children needing a secure space, tailored to their educational needs. Each child with SEND has a highly motivated key person, who expertly implements their individual education plan. Staff establish exceptional partnerships with other professionals, such as speech and language therapists.

Each small achievement children make is praised, shared and celebrated by all.The outdoor environment provides children with numerous learning opportunities and offers many experiences and activities. Children learn to take risks in the natural environment.

Children develop their confidence, strength and physical skills. They enthusiastically run up and down the hills and climb trees, smiling and having endless fun.Staff embrace children's culture and home languages, and successfully use these to support children as they come into the setting.

Staff are highly focused in developing children's communication and language skills. Older children confidently use language to express their thoughts and feelings. They are introduced to a breadth of vocabulary as they play, such as 'cocoon' and 'chrysalises'.

Staff continually talk to the younger children and respond warmly to their gestures, sounds and first words. They skilfully introduce language and associated actions to familiar rhymes and songs. Additionally, children's enjoyment of books is fostered extremely well across the nursery.

Staff enthusiastically use opportunities and activities to increase children's understanding of mathematical development. They do this by engaging in their play and introducing new concepts. For example, older children learn to share apples and oranges in halves and quarters.

They show immense pride as they master early mathematics skills of addition, subtraction and division. Children confidently count and subtract, and predict what comes next.Parents are exuberant in their praise for staff and the care and learning that their children receive.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, parents report that they continued to receive regular telephone calls to check on their well-being. In addition, staff also sent out activity packs for the children.A focus on continuous professional development, as well as exceptional reflective practice, ensures that this setting is constantly being reviewed and improved.

Staff are exceptionally happy in their work. The excellent support that staff receive promotes their great understanding and deep awareness of their role and responsibilities.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Managers and staff have a robust understanding of the possible signs and symptoms of abuse. They have effective knowledge of a wide range of safeguarding concerns, including witchcraft, female genital mutilation and radicalisation. The management team has effective practices in place to ensure staff's ongoing suitability, along with strong safer recruitment processes.

All staff know precisely what action to take in the event of an allegation being made against a staff member. Children are skilfully taught to manage their own risks and safety. For example, staff carefully explain how to use equipment safely, such as the outdoor slide, and knives when cutting their food.

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