Meadow Nursery

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About Meadow Nursery

Name Meadow Nursery
Ofsted Inspections
Address The Bungalow, Old Meadows Lane, BLACKPOOL, FY3 9HH
Phase Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Full day care
Gender Mixed
Local Authority Blackpool
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this early years setting?

The provision is good

Children arrive excitedly and are eager to begin their day at this nursery. They confidently explore the activities that are on offer. Babies laugh with excitement as staff demonstrate how to blow bubbles.

Babies then successfully blow their own bubbles for their friends to pop. Toddlers wave scarves around as they jump and dance at singing time. They explore instruments and learn new words such as 'saxophone'.

Older children engage for long periods at activities. They follow the rules of a matching game, taking turns and sharing resources. Children show pride when they learn how to do things for themselves.

B...abies begin to feed themselves with a spoon. Older babies help to put away toys. Older children confidently serve their own food and pour their own drinks.

They proudly announce, 'I cut it', when they manage to cut up their own food. Children are proud of their achievements and make good progress in their learning. Children enjoy spending time with staff and each other.

Babies smile and giggle as staff tickle their nose with puppets. Children are consulted and older children are involved in the planning of their 'graduation' party. Staff gather their views on the food and entertainment for the event.

Children show kindness as they pass drinks to each other at mealtimes. When children drop toys, other children quickly offer to help by saying, 'I will pick that up for you.' Staff encourage children to talk about their emotions and feelings.

Children say that 'cuddles make them happy'. Children have developed positive and respectful relationships with each other and staff.

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

Leaders focus on helping to close gaps in children's learning caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This includes promoting children's communication and language skills. Staff use a range of assessments to help identify any concerns. The special educational needs coordinator makes referrals to other professionals so that children receive the help they need.

All children make good progress from their starting points.Children have opportunities to be physically active both indoors and outdoors. Babies are provided with tummy time to support their physical skills.

Older babies are provided with opportunities to crawl and walk. Outdoors, children play energetically as they run, jump and splash in puddles. Children's core strength is developing well.

Parents value the regular updates they receive regarding their children's development and care needs. Staff communicate successfully with parents through daily discussions as well as through an online app. Parents state that their children 'love it here'.

Parents have noticed progress in their children's communication and language and social skills since they have started attending.Children are exposed to many opportunities to develop their mathematical understanding. As children make a snowman out of dough, staff use language such as 'smaller' and 'bigger'.

As babies build with blocks, staff model counting up to five, and children giggle as the tower topples over. Older children hold five fingers up as they talk about parking their toy car in bay number five. Children are gaining a good understanding of early mathematics.

Children regularly access books. As children read 'Dear Zoo', they shout out 'frog' and find the toy frog as they see that page. Older children talk about authors.

They discuss other texts that the author has written. Children benefit from the nursery's lending library, which enables them to share books at home. They also visit the library in the community to explore a wider selection of books.

This helps to develop children's love of books further.Children have access to a wide range of enjoyable and exciting activities. However, when children move between activities, routines are not as smooth as they could be.

At times, staff do not deploy themselves effectively to ensure children are engaged in good-quality interactions and learning at these times.Staff state that they feel supported in their roles. They have access to many training and professional development opportunities.

Leaders are passionate about their role in supporting staff. However, leaders' monitoring and self-evaluation sometimes lack rigour. Leaders do not monitor staff performance closely enough to be able to identify the targeted support that will improve practice to the highest level.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.Staff have a good knowledge of all aspects of safeguarding. They are confident about recognising the possible signs that a child may be at risk and how to report concerns about children's welfare.

Staff work well with outside agencies to ensure that families receive the support they need. They understand the procedures for accidents and injuries well. Staff ensure that children are supervised and risk assessments are carried out to ensure that the indoor and outdoor environments are suitable.

All staff hold a paediatric first-aid qualification. This means there is always someone available to deal with accidents.

What does the setting need to do to improve?

To further improve the quality of the early years provision, the provider should: consider the organisation and deployment of staff for activities and daily routines to further promote children's learning throughout the day strengthen the structure for monitoring and evaluation to help raise the quality of staff practice to the highest level.

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