Little Sparkles Nursery

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About Little Sparkles Nursery

Name Little Sparkles Nursery
Ofsted Inspections
Address Peel Hall Street, PRESTON, PR1 6QQ
Phase Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Sessional day care
Gender Mixed
Local Authority Lancashire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this early years setting?

The provision is outstanding

Children are truly inspired by the wide range of innovative, exciting and expertly planned activities and experiences. Staff successfully ignite children's natural curiosity and demonstrate the very highest expectations of what each child can achieve.

All staff passionately commit to the nursery ethos. They teach children to think about what else is possible, to test their ideas and to see solutions. Staff place extraordinary value on children exploring their own ideas.

As a result, children develop a deep-rooted love of learning and show exceptionally high levels of drive and motivation.Children are brimming confidence. They give detailed explanations to visitors about their activities and what they are doing.

For example, children join in with science experiments. They explain the process of using food colouring in milk to explore how colours mix. Children use excellent small-muscle skills as they use pipets to collect the colouring and excitedly talk about the colours they have made.

Staff skilfully draw children's attention to the instructions for the activity. This promotes children's literacy skills and their understanding of how print carries meaning.The atmosphere across the whole nursery is vibrant and purposeful.

Children play in complete harmony and demonstrate exemplary behaviour.

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

The leadership and management of the nursery are inspirational. The manager is an expert in the field of early years.

Her knowledge, passion and complete dedication to the success of the nursery and the children and families that attend are astounding. She places high priority on the well-being of the staff team. For example, a range of reward schemes, such as certificates for going 'above and beyond', recognise their commitment and maintains staff's upbeat morale.

Staff are highly qualified. They access continuous and sharply targeted professional development opportunities, enriching their knowledge and skills. Performance management is highly focused and extremely well organised.

As a result, a wave of outstanding teaching is extremely well embedded across the whole team.Staff work exceptionally well with parents and other professionals to support children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Staff's firm commitment to implementing all agreed strategies, coupled with their patient and nurturing approach, results in children making huge leaps of progress in relation to their starting points.

All children, including those with SEND, make rapid progress in their learning and development.Staff are extremely attentive to children's needs. They consistently talk to children as they play alongside them and support their emotional well-being.

Children are extremely happy and self-assured, and confidently interact with each other, staff and new visitors to the nursery.The manager and staff work tirelessly to involve parents in all areas of their children's learning. Innovative strategies such as 'quick response' codes are displayed in the foyer areas and nursery newsletter.

These allow parents to scan the codes on their mobile phones which opens a link. This provides them with an abundance of information to help them support children's continued learning at home. Parent feedback is phenomenal.

They highly praise the staff team and remark on excellent progress their children have made.The curriculum across the whole nursery is extraordinarily well targeted to meet the needs of the children attending. Based on their unique starting points, an array of carefully planned and superbly implemented strategies build on children's ever-increasing knowledge.

The nursery has successfully implemented the 'we are reading' campaign, aimed at fostering a love of reading. This has significantly increased children's interest in books for purpose and pleasure, as well as engaging parents to further promote children's reading at home.Staff are highly skilled at seizing every opportunity for learning.

For example, during play in the sand box, they offer a wonderful narrative to entice children's contributions and promote their language skills. Staff help children to identify the different mould shapes, encouraging them to count the sides and corners, and helping them to arrive at the answer themselves. Children show superb mathematical knowledge and confidence to problem-solve.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.Leaders follow extremely robust recruitment and vetting procedures to check the suitability of all staff. The suitability of all visitors to the nursery is also checked, further promoting children's safety.

A culture of vigilance is well embedded and staff put the welfare of children at the heart of all they do. Staff receive formal safeguarding training and there are ongoing checks on staff's knowledge and skills. As a result, staff have an extremely secure understanding of all aspects of safeguarding and are very confident about the action to take in the event of a concern about a child's welfare.