Little Steps (Higham Ferrers) Ltd

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About Little Steps (Higham Ferrers) Ltd

Name Little Steps (Higham Ferrers) Ltd
Ofsted Inspections
Address 5-7 College Street, Higham Ferrers, RUSHDEN, Northamptonshire, NN10 8DX
Phase Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Full day care
Gender Mixed
Local Authority NorthNorthamptonshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this early years setting?

The provision is outstanding

Children thrive and are at the heart of everything that the staff do at this exceptional nursery.

From the moment they arrive, children engage in rich experiences that motivate and inspire them to learn. Children receive the utmost care and attention from staff. Interactions are sensitive and nurturing.

As a result, children demonstrate that they feel safe and secure in the nursery. Across the nursery, children show a deep engagement in their play. Experiences are highly ambitious and carefully planned to introduce children to the wider world.

Young children show delight as they use their whole bodies t...o explore painting on large rolls of paper. Older children test their creative skills as they design and make flower arrangements. They use their problem-solving skills to decide how best to secure the flowers into the oasis base without the flowers falling over.

Children of all ages become absorbed in books that adults read enthusiastically. The outdoor environment is carefully planned to provide exciting areas for children to explore. Children transport water, mix mud, experiment with bubbles, and share books in the tepee.

Staff provide a rich set of experiences in the local community. Children attend owl handling, explore wildlife in the local heritage gardens, and visit the church space to look at the architecture.

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

Leaders have developed a curriculum that is ambitious for all children.

They focus highly on a respectful, nurturing partnership with staff, children and parents. Staff confidently and consistently deliver the curriculum through inspirational teaching. Children learn to understand their emotions.

They demonstrate, through excellent behaviours, the positive impact that this has.Staff provide children with a wealth of experiences and build on children's wonder of the world. When children plant pansies in the garden, staff use this opportunity to extend children's knowledge of letters and sounds.

They say the sound 'p' for petal. Staff encourage children to think for themselves and find out more. For example, they encourage children to feel the soil and roots of the plants.

The staff explain that the roots take up rainwater from the soil. Children explore and learn that plants need sunlight, developing their understanding and learning.The staff know the children very well and confidently talk about their needs, interests, and development in detail.

They plan meaningful activities that extend their learning and practise previously learned skills. Children recall past experiences. For example, when they see a bee, they talk about the drone bee and use the words 'nectar' and 'honey'.

Staff have high expectations for children's behaviour. They teach children about different emotions and feelings. When children become upset, staff talk to them about how they are feeling.

They give children unlimited time, comfort, and reassurance. Children demonstrate consistently positive attitudes to their play. They are highly motivated to join in with the vast range of activities on offer.

As a result, their behaviour is exemplary. Staff teach children about the impact that their different behaviours have on others, and empower children to learn how to say 'stop' and tell an adult.Staff provide outstanding support to children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

Children with SEND achieve the best possible outcomes. Staff offer support and guidance for parents and ensure that children receive one-to-one support when needed. Other professionals speak of working with the nursery staff, which excels in providing support for children and families.

The manager is knowledgeable and strives to provide the best care for children and families. Staff work closely with parents to develop supportive relationships and build trust. Parents speak of the 'amazing', 'kind' and 'caring' staff.

They talk about the 'fabulous' communication and that their shy children are developing into being 'super confident'. The manager discusses the curriculum goals with parents. Parents state that they feel supported to help understand what their children need to learn and how they can support this at home.

The manager ensures that the staff receive focused and highly effective support for their professional development. Staff receive regular supervision and attend training to enhance their practice, such as training in communication-friendly settings. Staff consistently report high levels of support.

For example, the manager meets with room leaders daily to offer help and discuss events for the day.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.Staff have a secure knowledge of the types of abuse and signs to look for.

All staff understand their roles and responsibilities to keep children safe. They know the procedures to follow if they have a concern regarding a child's well-being. The manager provides safeguarding information at staff meetings to enable staff to keep their knowledge up to date.

For example, she discusses safeguarding children with SEND. Robust recruitment and induction procedures are in place to ensure that staff are suitable to carry out their roles. Children are well supervised both in the indoor and outdoor environments to ensure that they remain safe.

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